Take and Make Meal Boxes

United Way of the Mohawk Valley has launched a unique food give away series for City of Utica residents. Our Take and Make meal boxes will be given away through three distribution days, each handing out 1,500 meal boxes!

What's in the box?

These unique meal boxes include ingredients to prepare 5 meals for a family of 5 with corresponding step-by-step recipes cards. United Way has partnered with Casa Imports and Karam Produce, allowing families to expect fresh produce, meat, and other ingredients as part of their meal boxes.

Each meal box will also include 50 disposable masks courtesy of Bank of America.

How do I receive a meal box?

Text UTICAFOOD to 898-211 to reserve your free meal box, or click here to register online.

United Way’s Take and Make meal boxes will be available to City of Utica residents by reservation.

Families and individuals can reserve their meal box and receive full distribution pick-up location and time details by texting UticaFood to 898-211.

For residents who are unable to text, they may call 1-844-DIAL-211.

The distribution will be a drive or walk through style pick-up and will take place on October 25, 2020. When you reserve your free meal box you be able to choose a time slot and location to get your meal box. 

Where and when are the distributions?

There will be three total distributions throughout the City of Utica, including one in East Utica, North Utica, and West Utica. Exact locations will be shared upon reservation.

The first distribution will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2020. The second and third distribution dates have not yet been announced. Find out when the next distribution will take place by following us on Facebook, or by signing up for our eNewsletter.

Upon reservation residents will choose a time slot for their pick-up. 

Volunteers Needed!

United Way is seeking volunteers to assist with packing and distributing meal boxes on October 23, October 24, and October 25.

Click Here to Volunteer

Volunteers will be needed to help with pre-event needs such as packing meal boxes, and distribution day set up, check-in, box handout, and more. Different days, tasks and time slot details are listed on United Way’s Volunteers United online platform.


Check out our FAQs page for answers to any additional questions.
Still need help? Contact Kristen Synakowski at KristenS@unitedwaymv.org

Take and Make Meal Box Partners

Casa Imports
Karam Produce
City of Utica, Community Development Block Grant CV – CARES Act
Townsquare Media