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 in need of volunteers to help distribute the food boxes on the Friday pick up days 11:30-2:00.

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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Orders will be taken

the first Saturday of every month 


and on the pick-up days.

Last day for this order is

Saturday July 13.


April pickup will be on

Friday,July 26

from 12:30 to 2:00

and Saturday, July 27

from 10:00 to noon.

Projected List for July $20.50

- Pork Tenderloin, 1.7 lbs. (avg.)

- Ground Beef, 1 lb.

- Chicken Drumsticks, 3.25 lbs. (avg.)

- Fish Sticks, 1 lb.

- Hot Dogs, 1 lb.

- Pork & Beans, 16 oz.

- Fresh Cole Slaw, 15 oz.

- Shoe String French Fries, 20 oz.

- Frozen Corn, 1 lb.

- Frozen Strawberries, 1 lb.

- Fresh Produce

- Fresh Produce

Specials are sold separately:

The specials for July are:

BBQ Pork Ribs: 2.5 lbs. for $7.50 - The baby back ribs are in a honey BBQ sauce and fully


Chicken Breasts: 2.5 lbs. for $5.50 - The chicken breasts are boneless, skinless, and 

individually quick frozen.

Beef Patties: 2 lbs. for $5.75 - The beef patties are 100% all beef featuring 8 quarter pound

 patties per special.

Pantry Box: $9.50 - The Pantry Box includes:100% Apple Juice (46 oz.), 

CrushedTomatoes (28 oz.), Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 oz.), Toasted Oats (12 oz.), Green 

Beans (15 oz.),Spaghetti Rings (15 oz.), Canned Chicken (5 oz.), Peanut Butter (18 oz.), 

StrawberrySpread (19 oz.), and Pineapple (20 oz.).

Breaded Shrimp: 3 lbs. for 12.75 - The breaded shrimp contain 16-20 shrimp per pound.

Mozzarella Sticks: 2 lbs. for $6.25 - The mozzarella sticks are par-cooked and ready for 

theoven or fryer.

Macaroni & Beef: 4.5 lbs. for $8.50 - The macaroni & beef is family-sized and a Campbell’s


2018 Pick Up Schedule

Friday  12:30 to 2:00,

Saturday  10-noon


Order by:  Saturday, July 13

EBT deducted Sunday, July 14 

Pick up: Friday, July 26

Saturday, July 27  


Order by: Saturday, Aug. 10 

EBT deducted Sunday, Aug. 11 

Pick up: Friday, August 23

Saturday, August 24   


Order by: Saturday, Sept. 14    

EBT deducted Sunday, Sept. 15   

Pick up: Friday, Sept. 27

Saturday, Sept. 28  


Order by: Saturday, October 5

EBT deducted Sunday, October 13

Pick up: Friday, October 25

Saturday, October 26


Order: Saturday, November 2

EBT deducted Sunday, November 3

Pick up: Friday, November 22

Saturday, November 23


Order: Saturday, December 7

EBT deducted Sunday, December 8  

Pick up: Friday, December 20

               Saturday, December 21

















Bonnie Churcher,
Sep 16, 2012, 7:00 PM
Bonnie Churcher,
Sep 16, 2012, 7:01 PM
Bonnie Churcher,
Sep 16, 2012, 7:01 PM