Suggested Food Packages
Food Bank of Central New York strives to ensure that all families utilizing the emergency food network receive nutritious food.
To meet this goal, member food pantries are required to use a uniform guide based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate recommendations. These recommendations translate into pantry packages that consist of 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% to 33% grains (50% of which should be whole grains), and the remainder should consist of food from the protein group (meat, dairy, and legumes).
To help our partner agencies distribute food in a fair and equitable manner while following the nutrition recommendations, the Food Bank has created three and five day minimum package guidelines that align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate recommendations:
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 already have, 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 own food.
The Food Bank encourages programs to empower their clients by offering client choice pantry options. A useful list can be found on the second page of the guides linked above.