FULTON, NY ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Catholic Charities of Oswego County is helping families throughout Oswego County make their food dollars stretch a little further through their participation in the Food Sense Program.
Each month through the program, families and individuals have the opportunity to purchase specially priced food packages consisting of fresh meats, fresh produce, and frozen foods.
In addition there are special featured items each month that may be purchased separately or in addition to the food package.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County is currently accepting Food Sense orders through Dec. 3.
The package is priced at just $15.50, with payment due at the time of order.
Orders will be available for pick up on Dec. 19 from 2 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 3:30 p.m. at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 365 W. First St.
Established by the Food Bank of Central New York, the Food Sense program is designed to increase self-sufficiency by offering specially priced food packages that represent a significant savings for a familyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s food budget.
Helen Hoefer, coordinator of Catholic CharitiesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ DonnaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Place Program, explained that anyone could take advantage of the Food Sense program, as there are no restrictions and no income guidelines.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAs food prices continue to rise, we are thrilled to be able to make the Food Sense program available here at Catholic Charities. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s a wonderful program that offers a wide range of delicious and nutritious food at a very affordable price. These monthly packages represent a savings of approximately 50% off grocery store prices. I am happy that we able to help families and individuals in our community eat better for less and I encourage people to take advantage of this very beneficial program. For our consumers convenience the Food Sense program accepts food stamps and EBT cards,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Hoefer.
For more information on the program, call Hoefer at 598-3980.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.
Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego CountyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.