Foothills Rural Community Ministry is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

The Country Corner Thrift Shop is re-opening on April 3rd!

Foothills is growing!  And we need your support!


Over the past 30 years, Foothills has served the needs of our rural community in Central New York. Our first program, the Food Pantry, began by assisting five families and has grown to support 150 families each month. Foothills also offers a Thrift Shop, Pet Pantry, and Coffee House events. In addition, we offer services to the community through our Food Sense, Christmas Baskets, Kids Summer Bags, and Back-to-School programs. 

Since our inception, we have been located in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in Holland Patent. However, due to the significant growth of our Foothills services, we are in dire need of a new building. Specifically, we require larger storage areas and single floor access, since many of our clients are seniors or have disabilities and cannot easily navigate the steps required to reach our basement facilities. In addition, we have limited parking in our current location, which can be especially hazardous during inclement weather.  

A feasibility study was recently completed and a new property for Foothills has been located that will cost approximately $450,000. Prior to securing the necessary funding, Foothills is required to make a 25% down payment. We will work to cover any remaining expenses through fundraising and grant writing. 

Foothills has positively impacted so many of our community members, but we need your help to continue to meet our growing needs. Please consider investing in our community and donating to this special cause. You can contribute directly to Foothills Rural Community Ministry, PO Box 156, Holland Patent, NY 13354.  Please add Building Fund in the memo line of the check. You can also donate online through Venmo @FoothillsBuilding-Campaign, PayPal @ , and GoFund.me 

 Foothills is a not-for-profit 501(c )3 organization, meaning your contribution is tax-deductible!  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Sonya Ellinger at 315-865-5854 or email frcmin@gmail.com.

 Your contribution today will ensure a better tomorrow for all of those served by Foothills.


Foothills Rural Community Ministry

Changes due to Covid-19:

  • The Food Pantry is open for regular hours. We will meet your vehicle and bring your food out to you.  Clients are not able to enter the building.
  • The Country Corner Thrift Shop is closed until further notice due to the rising COVID numbers. NO THRIFT SHOP DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED. 
  • Food $ense is now open!
  • The Park Coffee House has canceled all dates until further notice.
  • We are still accepting food donations, an appointment must be made 24 hours in advance until further notice. Thank you.

Foothills Rural Community Ministry
Foothills Rural Community Ministry

The Mission of the Foothills Rural Community Ministry

is to respond with care and concern

to rural persons and families in need

by providing information, assistance, and support,

and to build a sense of community through our activities.


PO Box 156

7835 Church St

Holland Patent, NY 13354

Located in the First Presbyterian Church House (twin churches, right side) 


email frcmin@gmail.com

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