If you eat, you qualify.
Attention Food $en$e Customers:
Effective September 1, 2016 the price for
packages increased to $20.50
• increased quality of food;
• increased variety in the package;
• more ‘specials’ options;
• introduction to the pantry box, produce box, and protein box as ‘specials’.
The decision to increase the price after more than 20 years came with careful consideration following surveys and conversations
with both Food $en$e coordinators and customers. We are confident that the new package will continue to provide an excellent
value for your food-buying dollar, and that you’ll be pleased with the wider assortment of items available. We sincerely appreciate
your patronage of the Food $en$e program and your understanding about this change.
This program is a food buying opportunity that provides quality food for less than retail prices through the Food Bank of Central New York. Food $ense is designed to increase self-sufficiency by helping people stretch their food dollars. The Food Bank is able to purchase food items in large quantities at discounted prices, and this savings is passed on to the program’s customers.
The Food Bank operates this service with 36 sites in a 14 county area. It works like a buying club with volume purchases, so there are no income requirements or questions. Since it is not a subsidized program, everyone may participate. This program has been very successful in many locations around central New York. The Foothills Rural Community Ministry has been running a Food $ense program since November 2008.
Each package costs $20.50, payable in cash or food stamps. Food packages contain 12-15 items including meat, fruits, vegetables, and grocery staples, with a value of over $30. The specific items in each month’s package will be published when they are available.
There are no income restrictions; anyone wishing to stretch their food dollars can participate.
Participants pre-pay with cash or EBT card, and they pick up their Food $ense packages near the end of the month.
There are also monthly specials available each month in addition to or instead of the basic package.
Families may order multiple packages. Each month, customers choose whether or not they want to order. There is no need to purchase every month.
Pick up is on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. If customers cannot make the pickup times they can give their receipts to someone else to pick up for them.
If an emergency arises, please call and we will try to make other arrangements for your pickup. 865-5854 and leave a message.
Food that is not picked up will be donated to the Foothills Food Pantry.
Saturday Pick-up Time
We purchased an extra freezer in order to allow us to store frozen food from the Friday delivery over to Saturday. Customers can now pick up their orders from 10:00 to noon on Saturday in addition to the regular Friday 12:30-2:00.
We are grateful to have a group of
faithful volunteers who help distribute
the food every month and
we could always use more help.
Orders will be taken
the first Saturday of every month
and on the pick-up days.
Last day for the May order is
Saturday May 6th.
May pickup will be on
Friday, May 26
from 12:30 to 2:00
and Saturday, May 27
from 10:00 to noon.
Projected List for May $20.50- Pork Tenderloin, 1.8 lbs. (avg.)
- Chicken Drumsticks, 3.2 lbs. (avg.)
- Ground Beef, 1 lb.
- Hot Dogs, 1 lb.
- Fresh Macaroni Salad, 16 oz.
- Pork & Beans, 15 oz.
- Beef & Vegetable Soup, 18.5 oz.
- Frozen Green Beans, 16 oz.
- Frozen Strawberries, 1 lb.
- Fresh Produce
- Fresh Produce
Specials are sold separately:
The Specials for May are:
|Chicken Tender Fritters: 5 lbs. for $6.75 - The chicken fritters are breaded and can be used in the fryer or oven.|
Italian Meatballs: 5 lbs. for $13.00 - The Italian meatballs are fully-cooked; just heat and serve.
Protein Box: $14.00 - The Protein Box contains: chicken breast (bone-in) 4 lbs., Haddock fillets 1 lb., ground turkey 1 lb., beef sandwich steaks 10.5 oz., and bologna 1 lb.
Onion Rings: 2.5 lbs. for $5.50 - The onion rings are ready to cook and can be used in the oven or fryer.
Turkey Burgers: 2 lbs. for $6.25 - The turkey burgers are a Jennie-O product and are all natural.
Italian Sausage: 3 lbs. for $10.50 - The Italian sausage is a sweet sausage and locally made in Utica, NY.
Hot Pockets: 12/8 oz. sandwiches for $17.50 - The Hot Pockets are Philly Steak with 12 sandwiches per special.
2017 Pick Up Schedule
Friday 12:30 to 2:00,
Friday, January 27
Saturday, January 28
Friday, February 24
Saturday, February 25
Friday, March 24
Saturday, March 25
Friday, April 28
Saturday, April 29
Friday, May 26
Saturday, May 27
Friday, June 23
Saturday, June 24