Sheriff Robert M. Maciol and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office are donating 100 turkeys to needy families this week.
Maciol said that Trinity Food Services, the company that provides food to the county jail, donated 80 frozen turkeys to his agency, and another local company, Smith Packing, donated an additional 20 turkeys. On Wednesday, Maciol and his deputies donated 80 of those turkeys to the Utica Fire Department on Bleecker Street, a collection point for the Utica Food Pantry.
Also on Wednesday, Maciol said they delivered 10 turkeys at the Free in Christ Pentecostal Church on Miller Street in Utica. He added that the final 10 turkeys will be delivered to another charity today. “The Sheriff’s Office is proud to be able to assist one hundred families in our community who are truly in need,” Maciol stated. “There’s nothing more important than family, especially during these challenging times, and I am glad that we can play a small part in making these one hundred Thanksgiving dinners a little brighter.”
Maciol noted that all of the frozen turkeys averaged about 20 pounds each.