Feeding Our Most Vulnerable

Feeding Our Most Vulnerable

Helping Food Pantries Across Oneida and Herkimer Counties

For immediate release:

June 11, 2020

Contact: Eric Kopp,

[email protected], (201) 286 5795

The Central New York Labor Council announced it was donating a combined total of $1,850 to six food pantries and community groups across Oneida and Herkimer Counties, on Thursday afternoon.


The donations were collected through a combined GoFundMe campaign and funds from the Labor Council. The six food pantries that are receiving a donation are:


  • Johnson Park Center (Utica - $325)

  • Feed Our Vets (Utica - $325)

  • Rome Rescue Mission (Rome - $300)

  • Catholic Charities of Rome (Rome - $300)

  • Catholic Charities of Herkimer (Ilion - $300)

  • Little Falls Area Food Pantry (Little Falls - $300)


“It’s essential that we support our food pantries and community groups,” said Samantha DeRiso, president of the Central New York Labor Council. “They are at the frontline making sure that all the workers and their families who were laid off during this pandemic are receiving the proper aid they need.”


“We have been deemed essential and have had a significant increase in the number of Veterans who are struggling to put food on their tables since the pandemic has hit us,” said Rich Synek, founder and executive director of Feed Our Vets. “This donation will be used to purchase food from the Central New York Food Bank in Liverpool to keep these men and women who have been left on the battlefield of hunger fed.” 


“The Food Pantry is grateful for the support for the Central New York Labor Council,” said Rev. Dr. Maria Scates, CEO of the Johnson Park Center. “Passing out food to hundreds of families in need is crucial and necessary. By working together, we can make a difference in this challenging time.”