FoodSense makes sense

Every month, Judy Laurange helps bring affordable food to area residents.

Working through FoodSense, a program offered through the Food Bank of CNY and Canton Woods Senior Center, Laurange takes orders, collects money and coordinates the overall effort, which provides quality food at discount prices.

"It is a great program," Laurange said. "I'm surprised more people don't use it."

FoodSense offers $35 worth of food for $15.50 with a different menu available every month. There are also additional specials offered every month. Items available this month include one-pound ground chuck, one-pound Pollock fillets, 12 oz. Polish sausage, one-pound chicken patties, lasagna with meat sauce, tuna fish, carrots and peas and more -- all for $15.50.

"It is all quality food with national labels and quality meats," Laurange said.

With no age or income level limitations, Laurange said the program is beneficial as it saves people money. And there is no limitation on the amount of orders one person can make. You can also split orders.

"If you don't like something on the list, you can buy the projected list then split it with someone. A lot of people here do that," Laurange said.

Orders are taken through Laurange at Canton Woods Senior Center. The program accepts food stamps, cash, money orders and checks as payments, however, it is not equipped to handle credit card orders.

Another benefit of the program is homebound people can ask friends or family to pick up their orders. Laurange added that if a person cannot pick up their order because they are confined to their house due to medical reasons, she or her husband, George, would gladly deliver their order to them.

"We have great volunteers," Laurange said, mentioning her husband, Avis Neupert and Bill Pientka. "Our number one volunteer is Miss Avis. She rules the kitchen." She also noted her husband helps load orders into people's cars, if needed.

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