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 grateful to have a group of

faithful volunteers who help distribute

the food every month and 

we could always use more help.

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 May order is

Saturday May 7.


April pickup will be on

Friday, April 27

from 12:30 to 2:00

and Saturday, April 28

from 10:00 to noon.

Projected List for May $20.50

- Pork Tenderloins, 1.75 lbs. (avg.)

- Chicken Thighs, 1.75 lbs. (avg.)

- Haddock Fillets, 1 lb.

- Ground Beef, 1 lb.

- Hot Dogs, 1 lb.

- Pork & Beans, 15 oz.

- Fresh Macaroni Salad, 1 lb.

- Shoe String French Fries, 20 oz.

- Frozen Peas & Carrots, 1 lb.

- Frozen Strawberries, 1 lb.

- Fresh Produce

- Fresh Produce

Specials are sold separately:

The Specials for May are:

Stuffed Pork Chops: 2 lbs. for $7.50 - The pork chops are stuffed with apples and cranberries.
Italian Meatballs: 5 lbs. for $12.50 - The Italian meatballs are fully cooked and are in a five pound bag.
Protein Box: $13.00 - The Protein Box includes meatballs (1 lb.), tilapia fillets (1 lb.), chicken breast (2.5 lbs.), Salisbury steaks (12 oz.), and kielbasa (13 oz.).
Onion Rings: 2.5 lbs. for $5.50 - The onion rings are ready to cook and can be used in the oven or fryer.

Sea Scallops: 2 lbs. for $11.00 - The sea scallops are individually quick frozen and there are 30-40 per pound. 
Italian Sausage: 3 lbs. for $9.00 - The Italian sausage is a sweet sausage and made locally in Utica, NY.
Hot Pockets: (12) 8 oz. sandwiches for $16.50 - The pepperoni Hot Pockets contain 12 sandwiches per special.

2018 Pick Up Schedule

Friday  12:30 to 2:00,

Saturday  10-noon


Friday, April 27

Saturday, April 28


Friday, May 25

Saturday, May 26


Friday, June 22

Saturday, June 23


















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