Food $ense Buyer's Club

If you eat, you qualify!

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 you stretch your 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, EBT or Google Pay. Food packages (units) 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, EBT card, or Google Pay, and they pick up their Food $ense packages near the end of the month.
  • There are also specials available each month in addition to or instead of the basic package.
  • Families may order multiple packages, specials or both. Each month, customers choose whether or not they want to order. Buy what you want, when you want - or don't. No pressure.
  • Pick up is (Usually) on the last Friday and Saturday of the month Fridays 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. except when that coincides with holidays. 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. 315-865-5854 and leave a message.
  • Food that is not picked up will be donated to the Foothills Food Pantry.


We are in need of volunteers to help distribute the food boxes on the Friday pick up days 12:00-2:00 and Saturday 10:00-11:00

For more information leave a message at the Foothills office 

315-865-5854 or email us at

or  click here to learn more at the Food Bank of Central NY website.


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Food $ense is Back!

Pickup is usually the last Friday (12:30-2:00 p.m. and last Saturday (10:00-11:00 a.m.) every month. The schedule varies if there is a holiday or 5 Fridays in the month. 
  • Change: EBT orders will be taken only during order pickup times.
  • New: You can email your order to and receive a Google Payment request electronically. Electronic payments and Money Orders must be received one week before order deadline.
  • Stop in and drop of an envelope with your order form and exact cash payment anytime the Food Pantry is open. Mark the envelope "Food Sense".

November's pickup will be on 

Friday, Nov. 20
from 12:30 to 2:00
and Saturday, Nov. 21
from 10:00 to 11:00.

December's order deadline for Money Order and Google Pay will be on Friday, Nov. 30

December's order deadline for cash will be on Saturday, Dec. 5

Food Sense Order Form

For Just $20.50
December's Package Contains
(Contents subject to change without notice)
    Pork Tenderloin, 1.7 lbs. (avg.)
      Chicken Drumsticks, 3 lbs (avg.)
        Fish Sticks, 1 lb.
          Ground Turkey, 1 lb.
            Fresh Eggs, 1 dozen
              Honey Nut Cereal, 12.9 oz.
                Pancake Mix, 32 oz.
                  Apple Juice, 64 oz.
                    Frozen Strawberries, 16 oz.
                      Frozen Diced Potatoes, 16 oz.
                        Fresh Produce
                        Fresh Produce

                        December Specials
                        Stretch your dollars even further!
                        • Spiral Ham: 8-10 lbs. (avg.) for $21.00 - The spiral hams average between eight & ten pounds per special.
                        • Italian Meatballs: 5 lbs. for $12.50 - The Italian meatballs are fully cooked and are in a five pound bag.
                        • Stuffed Chicken Breast: 2 lbs. for $8.50 - The chicken breasts are stuffed with apples and cranberries.
                        • Breakfast Sausage: 3 lbs. for $8.00 - The breakfast sausage is made locally in Utica, NY.
                        • Mozzarella Sticks: 2 lbs. for $6.50 - The mozzarella sticks are par-cooked and ready for the oven or fryer.
                        • Stuffed Shells: 4 lbs. for $6.00 - The stuffed shells are stuffed with a ricotta cheese filling.

                        Food Sense Calendar

                        Bonnie Churcher,
                        Sep 16, 2012, 7:00 PM
                        Bonnie Churcher,
                        Sep 16, 2012, 7:01 PM
                        Bonnie Churcher,
                        Sep 16, 2012, 7:01 PM