Food $ense Groceries

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 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.


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

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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Orders will be taken

the first Saturday of every month 


and on the pick-up days.

Last day for the January order is

Saturday January 5.


January pickup will be on

Friday,January 25

from 12:30 to 2:00

and Saturday, January 26

from 10:00 to noon.

Projected List for January $20.50

- Chicken Tenderloins, 1.5 lbs. (avg.)

- Italian Meatballs, 1 lb.

- Pollock Fillets, 1 lb. 

- Italian Sausage, 1 lb.

- Veal Patties, 12 oz.

- Spaghetti Sauce, 26 oz.

- Pepperoni Pizza, 22.8 oz.

- Cheese Ravioli, 13 oz.

- Frozen Strawberries, 1 lb. 

- Diced Tomatoes, 14.5 oz.

- Fresh Produce

- Fresh Produce

Specials are sold separately:

The Specials for January are:

Popcorn Chicken: 10 lbs. for $11.75 - The popcorn chicken is breaded and fully cooked.

Stuffed Pork Chops: 2 lbs. for $7.00 - The pork chops have stuffing with apples and cranberries.

Shrimp: 2 lbs. for $9.25 - The shrimp are uncooked and there are 31-40 shrimp per pound.

Pantry Box: $9.50 - The Pantry Box includes Orange Juice 46 oz., Oatmeal 18 oz., Macaroni and Cheese 7.25 oz., Crushed Tomatoes 28 oz.,­ Beef Ravioli 15 oz., Peanut Butter 18 oz., Mixed Vegetables 15 oz., Tuna Fish 5 oz., Pineapple 20 oz., and Strawberry Spread 19 oz.

Mozzarella Sticks: $6.25 - The mozzarella sticks are par-cooked and ready for the oven.

Meatloaf: 2 lbs. for $6.25 - The meatloaf is a traditional meatloaf made with 100% ground beef.

Scalloped Potatoes: 4.5 lbs. for $10.50 - The scalloped potatoes are family sized and a Stouffers’ product.

2018 Pick Up Schedule

Friday  12:30 to 2:00,

Saturday  10-noon


Friday, October 26

Saturday, October 27


Friday, November 16

Saturday, November 17


Friday, December 21

Saturday, December 22 


















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