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

the first Saturday of every month


and on the pick-up days.

Last day for the January order is

Saturday Jan. 6


December pickup will be on

Friday, Dec. 22

from 12:30 to 2:00

and Saturday, Dec. 23

from 10:00 to noon.

Projected List for January $20.50

- Chicken Thighs, 3.5 lbs (avg.)
- Italian Meatballs, 1 lb.
- Haddock Fillets, 1 lb.
- Italian Sausage, 1 lb.
- Ground Turkey, 1 lb.
- Spaghetti Sauce, 26 oz.
- Cheese Ravioli, 13 oz.
- Pizza (Supreme), 20.6 oz.
- Strawberry & Blueberry Blend, 1 lb.
- Mixed Vegetables, 12 oz.
- Fresh Produce Item 1
- Fresh Produce Item 2

Specials are sold separately:

The Specials for January are:

Chicken Breast Fritters: 5 lbs. for $11.00 - The chicken breast fritters are breaded and can be used like a boneless chicken wing.
Stuffed Pork Chops: 2 lbs. for $7.00 - The pork chops have stuffing with apples and cranberries.
Sea Scallops: 2 lbs. for $11.00 - The sea scallops are individually quick frozen and there are 30-40 per pound.
Protein Box: $12.00 - The Protein Box includes pork tenderloin (1.6 lbs. avg.), chicken drumsticks (3.5 lbs. avg.), ground beef (80/20; 1 lb.), breaded fish sticks (1 lb.), and fresh eggs (1 dozen).
Mozzarella Sticks: 2 lbs. for $6.00 - The mozzarella sticks are par-cooked and ready for the oven.
Meatloaf: 2 lbs. for $6.75 - The meatloaf is a traditional meatloaf made from 100% ground beef.
Breakfast Sausage: 3 lbs. for $7.00 - The breakfast sausage is made locally in Utica, NY.

2018 Pick Up Schedule

Friday  12:30 to 2:00,

Saturday  10-noon



 Friday, Jan.26

 Saturday, Jan. 27



Friday, Feb. 23

Saturday, Feb. 24


Friday, March 23

Saturday, March 24


Friday, April 27

Saturday, April 28


Friday, May 25

Saturday, May 26


Friday, June 22

Saturday, June 23


















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