Madison County, New York is a rural county that is part of the Syracuse, NY MSA. It is located in central New York State and east of Syracuse. The population of the county is estimated to be 73,442 in 2010, with a population density of 106 people per square mile and a total land area of 662 square miles. About 9.8% of the population is below the poverty line and the unemployment rate was most recently measured at 8.3%. Approximately 46% of the land area is used for agriculture, with dairy being the leading industry and the average farm size is 229 acres.

For this particular project, we are focusing on DeRuyter Village, which is located in the southeastern region of Madison County. The town encompasses an area of .34 sq. miles and is the 43rd smallest by area in the US. As of 2010, the population in DeRuyter village is 1,803 people. The unemployment rate in DeRuyter is 7.30%. DeRuyter is primarily white (97%), with less than 1% Black, 0.6% Asian, less than 0.5% American Indian and about 1% from two or more races.

Residents of DeRuyter have very few options for grocery shopping and most options are more than 10-15 miles from the town.

Our partners in this area include:

  • DeRuyter Food Pantry
  • Mustard Seed
  • Community Action Partnership for Madison County
  • Morrisville State College