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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We are Still OPEN!

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.

August's pickup will be on 

Friday, Aug.27th
from 1:00 to 2:00
and Saturday, Aug. 28th
from 10:00 to 11:00.

Unit for $20.50
(Contents subject to change without notice)
  • Ground Beef, 1 lb.
  • Pork for Stir Fry, 1 lb.
  • Chicken Drumsticks, 3.5 lbs. (avg.)
  • Pollock Fillets, 1 lb.
  • Hot Dogs, 1 lb.
  • Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz.
  • Fresh Macaroni Salad, 16 oz.
  • French Fries, 32 oz.
  • Fudge Brownies, 10.3 oz.
  • Canned Corn, 15 oz.
  • Fresh Produce #1
  • Fresh Produce #2

August Specials

Stretch your dollars even further!
    • #1 Italian Meatballs - 5 lbs. for $14.00: The Italian meatballs are fully-cooked and are in a five-pound bag.
    • #2 Pulled Pork - 1 lb. for $6.50: The pulled pork is fully-cooked and in a Carolina BBQ sauce.
    • #3 Lobster Bites - 15 oz. for $5.00: The lobster bites can be deep fried or baked in the oven.
    • #4 Pantry Box for $11.00: Toasted oats cereal (12 oz.), pancake mix (32 oz.), mac & cheese (7.25 oz.), canned chicken (5 oz.), macaroni & beef (15 oz.), peanut butter (18 oz.), raspberry preserves (18 oz.), canned pears (15 oz.), scalloped potatoes (4.7 oz.) and canned corn (15 oz.).
    • #5 Mozzarella Sticks - 2 lbs. for $6.50: The mozzarella sticks are par-cooked and ready for the oven.
    • #6 Stuffed Shells - 4 lbs. for $6.00: The stuffed shells are stuffed with a ricotta cheese filling.
    • 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