Suggested Food Packages

Food Bank strives to ensure that all families utilizing the Emergency Food Network receive nutritious food.



To help meet this goal, food pantries are required to use a uniform guide based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate recommendations. These recommendations translate into one-half (50%) of the amount of food in a pantry package should consist of vegetables and fruit, one-quarter to one-third (25% to 33%) should be grains, half (50%) of which should be whole grains; the remaining amount of food should consist of food from the protein group (meat, dairy, and legumes).


To help programs distribute food in a fair and equitable manner while following the nutrition guidelines, Food Bank of Central New York has created a 3-day and 5-day Minimum Package Guide that aligns with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate


3 day Food Guide

with Client Choice list

5 day Food Guide

with Client Choice list

Food Bank encourages programs to empower their clients by offering client choice pantry options. 

Food Bank has developed a list system that works well for client choice. This list can be found on the second page of the 3-day and 5-day Minimum package Guide.

Client Choice: A client choice pantry allows customers to select their own foods instead of receiving a pre-packed bag of groceries. This means they will not receive food they have already, do not like, or cannot eat for health or personal reasons. Customers select foods within food groups so they can make well-balanced meals at home. Clients feel more empowered when allowed to choose their food



For any questions regarding food pantry packages or converting your program to client choice, contact Annie Ockert at (315) 437-1899 ext. 251.