Cooperation helps feed needy

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It’s always gratifying to see how much cooperation can accomplish during tough times.

That’s what we observed recently when the American Dairy Association North East, the Food Bank of Central New York, Oneida County government and several community organizations came together to distribute more than 17,000 pounds of food to residents in need.

Each box contained about 34 pounds worth of food, including a gallon of milk, dairy products, produce, and other items. It also contained something not visible, officials said, but just as tangible — hope and encouragement.

The food and milk were delivered directly to local families and individuals by Oneida County employees, along with staff at the Marino-Ruggerio, Chancellor Apartments, and Perretta Twin Towers in Utica on Friday. Mainly for seniors and disabled tenants, Perretta was the first stop to by the Food Bank of Central New York, which brought four pallets of products to the complex.

Government-funded grants from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program made it possible for community organizations to provide the needed food. The Food Bank of Central New York is a USDA-approved vendor.

Bob Calli, executive director of the Municipal Housing Authority in Utica, noted: “The residents certainly appreciate such a kind gesture.”

We echo Calli’s comments that for this residents this was a big deal. And a job well done.

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