Annual Utica St. Patrick’s Day Parade to include food drive

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UTICA - For the 13th year, non-perishable food items will be collected during the Utica St.Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12, according to an announcement by event organizers.

The Food Drive will benefit the Mother Marianne West Side Kitchen, which is named for Saint Marianne Cope, a Utica-native who was canonized as a saint by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2012.

Those attending the parade are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation which can be placed in the wheelbarrows as they pass by, organizers said, adding for donors to make sure to check the expiration date to ensure the item is still usable.

Containers will also be available for those wishing to make monetary contributions.

All donations will be delivered after the parade to the Mother Marianne West Side Kitchen. In the past 12 years, more than 11,750 food items and more than $12,390 have been collected and donated to the West Side Kitchen.

Organizers said that they “hope to make this, our 13th annual food drive, the most successful yet.”

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