Our Mission is to partner with churches, companies and civic-minded Host Sites to provide families and individuals with affordable food and to make a difference in your community, one food box at a time.
Regardless of our income level, most of us are searching for value and money saving ideas to stretch our food dollars at home. The family food budget is one of the largest costs in a household. Our food boxes offer a unique solution to cutting household costs without sacrificing food quality.
How It Works
Smart Choice Food Source puts together a menu each month designed to feed a family of four for a week, or a single individual for nearly a month. We then sell the items as a monthly food box at a deeply discounted price. These food boxes are not a hand-out but an opportunity for those who want to stretch their dollar. Our boxes can contain over 20 lbs of nutritious, top quality food and may include beef, chicken, seafood, sometimes pork, vegetables, fruit, snack items, juices and other items.
How to Order
First you must place your order through a local host site which is typically a local church or nonprofit organization. The Smart Choice Food Source website will direct you to the closest location or you can contact us at 1-315-604-3958. Submit your order and payment with cash, money order, or food stamps by the order deadline. You will receive a receipt to take with you on pick up day. On pick up day, bring your receipt and volunteers will assist you in getting your pre-boxed order. You will receive the next month’s menu with your food. Each menu is different than the previous month and consists of frozen items with an average retail savings of approximately 40 percent or more.
The food is the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads.
Also, offered are “Value Boxes” such as steaks, chicken and pork. There is no limit to the number of boxes an individual can receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to adhere to. Smart Choice Food Source also participates in the US Food Stamp program.
Who Is Eligible
Everyone is eligible. Smart Choice Food Source affords families the opportunity to significantly reduce their grocery costs by purchasing restaurant quality food in bulk. Anyone can participate because there are no qualifications.
The menu varies from month to month and you can count on getting meats, vegetables, side dishes, and a dessert item at a minimum. You may purchase as many units as you would like – be it one box or ten – so the program can be tailored to your needs.
There are multiple boxes from which to choose. One box of food is intended to feed a family of four for about a week. The Convenience Meal Box contains fully cooked meals
When Do I Pick Up My Order
On a pre-determined day each month, the food arrives on refrigerated trucks at your local Host Site, where you arrive at a pre-set time with your receipt and pick up your pre- boxed food from the volunteers there. Each host sets their own order deadline; pick up time and other program specifics.