Food $ense Groceries

If you eat, you qualify.

Attention Food $en$e Customers: 
Effective September 1, 2016 the price for 
Food $en$e packages increased to $20.50 

• increased quality of food; 
• increased variety in the package; 
• more ‘specials’ options; 
• introduction to the pantry box, produce box, and protein box as ‘specials’. 

The decision to increase the price after more than 20 years came with careful consideration following surveys and conversations with both Food $en$e coordinators and customers. We are confident that the new package will continue to provide an excellent value for your food-buying dollar, and that you’ll be pleased with the wider assortment of items available. We sincerely appreciate your patronage of the Food $en$e program and your understanding about this change.

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.

Saturday Pick-up Time 


We purchased an extra freezer in order to allow us to store frozen food from the Friday delivery over to Saturday.  Customers can now pick up their orders from 10:00 to noon on Saturday in addition to the regular Friday 12:30-2:00. 


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

                 every Saturday at the Trenton Farmers Market 

9:00-1:00 until October 7.

and on the pick-up days.

Last day for the October order is

Saturday Oct. 7th.


October pickup will be on

Friday, Oct. 27

from 12:30 to 2:00

and Saturday, Oct. 28

from 10:00 to noon.

Projected List for October $20.50
- Pork Chops (boneless), 1 lb.
- Beef & Broccoli, 22 oz. (complete meal)
- Chicken Drumsticks, 3 lbs. (avg.)
- Breaded Fish Sticks, 1 lb.
- Ground Turkey (lean), 1 lb.
- Pierogies, 13 oz.
- Chicken Noodle Soup, 18.5 oz.
- Frozen Carrots, 16 oz.
- Applesauce, 15 oz.
- Brownie Mix, 19.9 oz.
- Fresh Produce Item 1
- Fresh Produce Item 2

Specials are sold separately:

The Specials for October are:

Stuffed Chicken Breasts: 2 lbs. for $7.00 - The pork chops are stuffed with 

apples and cranberries.

Italian Meatballs: 5 lbs. for $13.00 - The Italian meatballs are fully cooked and are in 

a five pound bag.

American Cheese: 5 lbs. for $11.50 - The sliced American cheese is not individually 


Chicken Nuggets: 5 lbs. for $8.00 - The chicken nuggets are fully cooked and are all 

breast meat.

Breakfast Sausage: 3 lbs. for $7.00 - The breakfast sausage is a sweet sausage and 

locally made in Utica, NY.

French Fries: 5 lbs. for $5.50 - The French Fries are ready to cook and can be used 

in the oven or fryer.

Hot Pockets: 12/8 oz. sandwiches for $17.00 - The ham & cheese Hot Pockets contain

12 sandwiches per special.

2017 Pick Up Schedule

Friday  12:30 to 2:00,

Saturday  10-noon



 Friday, September 29

 Saturday, September 30



Friday, October 27

Saturday, October 28


Friday, November 17

Saturday, November 18


Friday, December 22

Saturday, December 23



















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