United Way of MV seeks volunteers for food-box distribution

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The United Way of the Mohawk Valley is seeking volunteers to help distribute 1,500 meal boxes Oct. 25 in Utica, the first in a three-part food distribution series the United Way is hosting.

The meal boxes include ingredients to prepare five meals for a family of five with corresponding step-by-step recipe cards, and come with fresh produce and meat.

Partners with the United Way in the project are Casa Imports and Karam Produce.

Each meal box also includes 50 disposable masks courtesy of Bank of America.

The series is funded through the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act as part of COVID-19 relief efforts, according to the United Way.

“We will need about 20 volunteers to help us lift this effort,” said Betty-Joan Beaudry, United Way MV’s director of community impact and 211.

“If you are looking for a way to volunteer to help residents of the Mohawk Valley this is a great safe, yet hands on opportunity,” she added.

Details on how to volunteer are at www.unitedwaymv.org/uticafood.

Families and individuals can reserve their meal box and receive full distribution pick-up location and time details by texting UticaFood to 898-211.

For residents who are unable to text, they may call 1-844-DIAL-211. The distribution will be a drive or walk through style pick-up.

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