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Oneida and Herkimer Community Resources

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School Lunches

The following Oneida County schools are continuing to offer lunches while closed:

Health and Hygiene Supplies

Hand Sanitizer

Villa Vineyard Winery & Bistro is giving back to the community by donating most of their hand sanitizer to first responders and local nonprofits. They are selling a small portion to help cover the cost of materials and chemicals for 75 cents per ounce with a minimum purchase of 8 ounces.

Essential employees can claim their complimentary 4oz bottle of sanitizer at the winery 

during special hours with a valid ID. Select nonprofits can receive larger amounts based on the size of their organization, just message the winery directly for more information.


Local business Omelko Research has focused its printers on making plastic face shields that the business plans to donate to local hospitals and other agencies.

The city has face shields on back order at the moment. The 20 shields donated by Omelko Research will be used as personal protective equipment for the Utica Police Department until that order arrives, city officials said.


Nutritional Resources

The following nonprofits provide meals and/or groceries:

Mother Marianne's West Side Kitchen

  • Hot meals-to-go during the week
  • Bagged luches on the weekend


702 Columbia Street, Utica, NY

Hours: Hot lunches from 11:30 to 12:30 Monday through Friday, Bag lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Johnson Park Center

  • The Food Pantry operation hours are starting weekly on April 6 (groceries provided)

  • Drive-thru giveaways occur periodically; most recently on 3/30

Address: 1404 West Street, Utica, NY

Hours: Food Pantry: Mondays and Wednesdays 3p.m.- 6p.m.

Hope House

  • Food pantry offering 3 meals per day

Address: 112 South St, Utica, NY


  • M/T/Th/F/Sat: Breakfast 10am – 11am, Lunch 12pm – 1:30pm, Dinner 4pm – 5pm

  • Wednesday: Breakfast 10am – 11am, Lunch 12pm – 1:30pm

  • Sunday: Lunch 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Dinner 4pm – 5pm