9:00 to 1:00
the first three Saturdays
of every month.
Cheryl Edmiston and some of the volunteers at a Food Pantry meeting in March.
The Foothills Food Pantry can help families and individuals in need. Here you will be met by a caring intake worker who will interview you to find out if you meet the income guidelines for your family size. At this time you may be referred to other agencies that could help, such as food stamps and heating assistance. You may visit the Food Pantry, where volunteers will help you choose groceries that are the equivalent of 3 meals per day for five days for each of your family members. The food is donated by churches, various groups, individuals, and food drives, as well as purchased at reasonable prices from the Food Bank of Central New York. The Foothills Food Pantry is a place where one who is facing difficult circumstances is treated with respect and given assistance in a private and dignified manner.
The food pantry process has what we call “personal shopping”. People use a shopping cart to choose personally the groceries for their family’s size and needs. They are escorted through the pantry with the help of a volunteer. The personal shopping has been well received by the people, who enjoy choosing their own groceries. The volunteers like this procedure because it gives them more time to get to know the needs of our families.
A WIC Clinic is held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Foothills site.
Information and Referral Numbers:
First Call For Help: 624-9211, 1-877-406-9211. This agency can put you in contact with many other non-profit agencies with free services in time of need.
YWCA 24 Hour Hot Line: 797-7740 Confidential counseling for domestic violence, rape, and abuse.
Foothills Rural Community Ministry: 865-5854 General referrals for various services. Leave your name and phone number if you wish to be called back.
Medicaid and Children’ Insurance: Oneida County DSS: 798-5632 (Utica) or 356-1318 (Rome)
Food Stamps: call Alice Webster 1-866-839-7304 x249 at the CNY Food Bank, or 315-437-1899 x249.