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Corrected Information from the Johnson Park Center

What:   The JPC Christmas Free Food & Presents Give-A-Way Celebration 

When:  Monday, December 13, 2021, & Tuesday, December 14, 2021, from 3 pm to 6 pm  (Rain-Snow or Shine)


Where: Johnson Park Center (JPC) Food Pantry, 1400 West Street (Block), NY 13501

Contact: JPC Office from 1 pm to 5 pm (315) 734-9608

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Utica, NY. The Christmas/Holiday season is a joyous time of the year.  We celebrate with our families and friends sharing our love, providing hope, singing songs, and giving gifts. We have specially prepared holiday meals and delicious desserts. But many people, holidays especially in these challenging times with the coronavirus-COVID-19, full of stress, maybe only a wish and not a reality when you cannot afford the Food for The special Christmas dinners. Parents/Caregivers also worry about not having money to buy presents for children and others who are very special to us.

The Johnson Park Center (JPC) Food Pantry will assist low-income families, children, the elderly, and individuals create a wonderful and memorable loving Christmas with the JPC Free Food Give-A-Way with Christmas Presents. We invite you to The Christmas Free Food and Presents Give-A-Way, on Mon, December 13, and Tue, December 14, from 3 pm to 6 pm “Rain-Snow or Shine,” at the JPC Food Pantry located in the 1400 Block of West Street, Utica, NY 13501.

This is a Walk-Up Event! If you are driving, you will need to park your car. Parking is available. JPC staff, volunteers, and all participants will wear face masks. Social distancing will be encouraged.

All Parents/Caregivers and Single Adults must have John(JPCFPC).  We will have registration on the event days for Parents/Caregivers and Adults who do not have a JPCFPC. All participants will complete and sign the JPC Food Pantry Plus Statistics documentation. You will be given Tickets based on your registered household members living with you on your JPCFPC. Please follow the link to the JPC Facebook Home Page Posts with instructions concerning the Registration for Sign-In, and Procedure (1) with a JPCFBC and (2) without a JPCFBC at:

Everyone is welcome. We are not limited by territory or a boundary area. We are the only designated Food Pantry open in the late afternoon & evening hours media, text, email, or call them to come to the JPC Food Pantry on Mon, December 13, and Tue, Dec14, to receive the Food and Christmas Presents.

Along with Christmas Presents, Food Items that may be given to the community, shrimp, chicken, hamburger helper, vegetable oil, string cheese, yogurt, mac & cheese, green beans, soup, peaches, fresh produce, fresh fruit, walnuts, bread, etc. This event is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please join us as we need additional sponsors, donors, volunteers, and media to make long-term commitments to fight hunger and food insecurity? You are unique; to all who are currently making investments and partnering with JPC. JPC is so grateful and appreciative of your dedication to serving families, children, and single individuals in need. Thank you, Food Bank of Central New York (FBCNY), the Compassion Coalition, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP); Excellus Health Plan, Inc. Preswick Glen, Residents Association, The Bank of Utica, The Cree, Inc., Hartford Fire Insurance of the Benevity Impact Fund; the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties; the United Way of the Mohawk Valley; “Utica National Foundation Group, M&T Bank/Partners Charitable Fund, Mele Family Fund, Capraro Technologies, Inc. (CTI), All In For Vin Memorial Fund, Scalzo, Zogby, and Wittig Insurance Fund, Mandour Fund, Four Anonymous Donor Funds, the Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Respond Fund, all are Donor-Advised Funds at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties;” the Key Bank, the NBT Bank; The Leslie R. Lewis ESQ Client Donor Donation, Stericycle Inc., Hospice & Palliative Care, JetNet, LLC; Dugan Donor-Advised Fund of the Charles Schwab; MVP Health; the Zonta Club; the Oneida County Traffic Diversion Program, the First Baptist Church, St James AME Church, Unitarian Universalist Church; CASA Imports, Candella’s Farm & Greenhouses, and the Mohawk Street Hannaford. We received monetary and food donations from various donors, businesses, organizations, and individual supporters, the Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program; our Fantastic Volunteers, the Utica NY AAA, JPC/JPA Staff & Shelter Program Participants, JPC Facebook Encouragers and Supporters; and Media Coverage from WKTV, WUTR, Spectrum News, the Utica Phoenix, the Observer-Dispatch, Rome Sentinel, 96.1 The Eagle, Bug Country 99.7 & 101.1, Talk of the Town 100.7, and American town Utica.

We all at the Johnson Park Center look forward to you coming, and we celebrate together at the JPC Christmas Free Food and Presents Giveaway. Happy Holidays and have a Safe & Healthy New Year!

Jess Szabo
Jess Szabo
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