Center for Family Life holds holiday meal basket giveaway!

UTICA, NY – A joyful mood of gratitude was evident at the Center for Family Life and Recovery (CFLR) holiday meal basket give-a-way. Staff and volunteers collected and packed meal baskets with care for families in need.

A successful multi-site food drive supplemented the baskets with a variety of canned and boxed holiday food items. Special gift cards were included in each basket so that individual families could exercise personal choice at the grocery store to shop for their preferred fresh food perishables, according to their family tastes and dietary needs.

Boxes and baskets were loaded into vehicles at three Mohawk Valley area basket distribution sites set up outside for a COVID-safe distribution. Site locations allowed for a distribution nearest to identified families in need. Some baskets were even hand-delivered to those that could not come out to the event or who did not have transportation.

“Every year staff and volunteers love seeing the smiles on the faces of our clients as they receive their holiday meal baskets,” Cassandra Sheets, CEO, shared, “it really is a very special tradition of our agency and one we greatly enjoy. This year we are especially thankful to brighten the holidays for 38 Mohawk Valley families.”

A special thank you to Officer Harrington and the Utica Police Department for their valuable assistance loading baskets the day of the event.

The CFLR team would like to thank all sponsoring partners of this year’s successful event. Partners include: BNY Mellon – the staff of BNY, Scalzo, Zogby, and Wittig Insurance, Police Benevolent Association of Utica, the Remsen and Rome Rotarians, Parkway Senior Center in Utica, Parkway Center in Verona, Hannaford’s supermarkets, PJ Green, Fit Body Bootcamp in Whitesboro, and the Holland Patent School District. Many other local organizations also participated in the huge food drive, which was wildly successful to help fill baskets this year – THANK YOU!

Food and donations collected locally for this project stays local. There are many ways to get involved with this special annual holiday giving opportunity. Visit to view giving opportunities for the 2022 year.

For more information on Center for Family Life and Recovery, please visit, and the project page at

Media inquiries can be directed to Cassandra Sheets, CEO. Office:  315-768-2645 Email:



Posted by Jenn Beach Brillante