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One of the Food Bank's longest running programs, Food $en$e is a monthly food buying co-op for anyone who wants to stretch their grocery dollars. Food $en$e provides a monthly box of 12-15 staple grocery items at a discounted price.

There are no qualifications, no subscriptions, and no requirements to participate in Food $en$e.

The Food Bank partners with a number of host sites across our 11-county service area. Please note: Food Bank of Central New York does not take direct orders for Food $en$e. All orders are to be placed through your host site. 

Each package costs $20.50 without limitation to the number of packages you may buy. While the items vary from month to month, the package always includes:

  • 4-5 meat items like chicken, ground beef or fish
  • 4-5 staple pantry items like pasta, soup, and rice
  • 2 fresh produce items like apples, carrots or oranges

Rotating monthly specials like stuffed pork chops, American cheese, meatballs, lasagna, and chicken tenders can be purchased in addition to the basic unit.

There are two ways you can place your Food $en$e order!


You can now place your Food $en$e orders online in three easy steps!

  1. Visit foodsense.foodbankcny.org and select your participating pick-up location.
  2. Select the items you would like to purchase.
  3. Pay with your credit or debit card.

Or, to pay with cash or EBT:

  • Call (800) 444-1562 or (315) 437-1899 or use our search application "Find Food" to locate a Food $en$e host site near you.
  • Order and pre-pay with cash or EBT to your local site coordinator.
  • Visit your local Food $en$e site at the end of the month to pick up your order.


Check our monthly Food $en$e newsletter to view the monthly package and specials and subscribe to stay updated!

July 2024 Newsletter
June 2024 Newsletter


Forms & Resources for Site Coordinators

Looking for Cooking Instructions?

Select any of the buttons below to access a printable Food $en$e recipe card!

Meatloaf Stuffed Chicken
Stuffed Pork Pork Roast
Chicken Wings Stuffed Shells
Pork Tenderloin Lasagna Roll-Ups
Italian Meatballs Mozzarella Sticks
Onion Rings French Fries

Food $en$e Feedback Form

You can now share your experience with Food $en$e, offer a suggestion to help us continue improving the program, or ask a question—all in one place! To access our feedback form, please click the button below.