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 or EBT. 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 or EBT card, 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 on the last Friday and Saturday of the month Fridays 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.. 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.

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 the last Friday (12:30-2:00 p.m. and last Saturday (10:00-11:00 a.m.) every month.

New orders will be taken during pickup times and also the first Saturday of each month (10:00-11:00 a.m.)

September's pickup will be on 

Friday, Sept. 25 
from 12:30 to 2:00
and Saturday, Sept. 26
from 10:00 to 11:00.

For Just $20.50
October's Package Contains

• Pork  Tenderloin,1.75 lb. (avg.)
• Fish Sticks, 1 lb.
• Chicken Thighs, 3.5 lbs. (avg.)
• Sliced Turkey, 10 oz.
• Salisbury Patties, 12 oz.
• Tuna Fish, 5 oz.
• Pierogies, 13 oz.
• Egg Noodles, 12 oz.
• Frozen Diced Potatoes, 16 oz.
• Applesauce, 14.5 oz.
• Fresh Produce
• Fresh Produce

Stretch your dollars even further!

  1. Chicken Tenders: 5 lbs. for $8.00 - The chicken tenders are breaded and can be used in the oven or fryer. 
  2. Stuffed Pork Chops: 2 lbs. for $8.50 - The pork chops are stuffed with apples and cranberries. 
  3. Shrimp: 1 lb. for $7.25 - The shrimp are uncooked, peeled, and de-veined.
  4. Meatballs: 5 lbs. for $12.50 - The Italian meatballs are fully-cooked and are in a five-pound bag. 
  5. Mozzarella Sticks: 2 lbs. for $6.50 - The mozzarella sticks are par-cooked and ready for the oven. 
  6. Hot Pockets: One dozen 8 oz. sandwiches for $20.00 - The Ham & Cheese Hot Pockets contain 12 sandwiches.

Food Sense Calendar

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