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 Venmo. 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 Venmo, and they pick up their Food $ense packages near the end of the month (See Calendar Below).
  • 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, but not always, on the last Friday and Saturday of the month Fridays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. except when that coincides with holidays. Check out dates for 2021 on Google Calendar. 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 11:30 - 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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Pickup is usually the last Friday (1:00-2:00 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. 
  • EBT orders will be taken only during order pickup times. Volunteers MIGHT be able to take an EBT order during regular Food Pantry hours, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • New: You can email your order to and receive a Venmo 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" and make sure your name is on it.

February's pickup will be on 

Friday, Feb. 26
from 1:00 to 2:00
and Saturday, Feb. 27
from 10:00 to 11:00.

February's order deadline for Cash, Money Order and Venmo will be on Friday, March 13th

For Just $20.50
March's Package Contains
(Contents subject to change without notice)
  • Chicken Drumsticks, 3 lb. (avg.)
  • Tilapia Fillets, 1 lb.
  • Ham Steaks, 1 lb. (avg.)
  • Salisbury Patties, 12 oz.
  • Shrimp Florentine, 24 oz.
  • Beef Stew, 15 oz.
  • Macaroni & Cheese, 7.25 oz.
  • French Fries, 32 oz.
  • Frozen Carrots, 16 oz.
  • Mandarin Oranges, 11 oz.
  • Fresh Produce 
  • Fresh Produce

March Specials
Stretch your dollars even further!
  • Spiral Ham: 9 lbs. (avg.) for $17.50 - The Spiral Hams average between 8 and 10 pounds per special.
  • Stuffed Chicken Breast: 2 lbs. for $8.00 - The Chicken Breasts have a stuffing with apples and cranberries.
  • Meatloaf: 2 lbs. for $8.50 - The Meatloaf is a new mix made with veal, pork and beef. Can make meatballs.
  • American Cheese: 5 lbs. for $10.50 - The sliced American Cheese is not individually wrapped.
  • Onion Rings: 2.5 lbs. for $6.50 - Ready for the oven.
  • Lobster Bites: 15 oz. for $5.00 - The Lobster Bites can be deep fried or baked in the oven.

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