Irondequoit Community Cupboard, Inc.

The Irondequoit Community Cupboard, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization designed to meet a variety of needs for families and individuals in the Town of Irondequoit, NY.

Mission Statement

“To provide emergency assistance to Irondequoit residents with dignity, kindness and without prejudice.”


"To raise awareness of the presence and impact of hunger and poverty in our community. We envision a community where all people share resources to ensure that residents’ basic needs are met in times of limited resources.

We advocate for and reach out to those in need and try to influence public policy so that every person in our community has the necessary support and resources to enhance nutrition, health and welfare.”

Amazon.com for ICC

This will only take a moment of your time; I know you shop at Amazon, especially for the holidays. You can help the Irondequoit Community Cupboard just by going to www.smile.amazon.com and then type in Irondequoit Community Cupboard You would then continue to shop whatever it was you were shopping for and we get a (small) dollar percentage of your order. So we win for you doing what you were going to do anyway. This would be a great and easy way for you to “Help us Help others” in our community.

For more information you can go to Facebook page for up to date photos and info https://www.facebook.com/Irondequoit-Community-Cupboard-Inc-180196068672489/?fref=ts

If you are in need of assistance, please call (585) 336-9107.
(no appointments are made online)

Distribution Hours (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Tuesday & Saturday from 9:30AM - 11:00AM.

Office Hours (BY PHONE ONLY)
Monday & Wednesday 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Fridays 9:00AM-12:00PM

"Letter from the President"
(April 2017)

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The dictionary describes the word “community” as “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest, living together within a larger society.” I believe that Irondequoit, is a community that has many interests but one commonality- its kindness, love and generosity for its neighbors.

A little over 2 weeks ago a major wind and then a snow storm came to Rochester, knocking down trees and fences with its wind gusts of over 60 mph. All of this was followed by 20 inches of snow. Irondequoit was one of the hardest towns hit with its residents losing power for many days. People were left looking at what used to be their beautiful tree lined streets, and looking at their own yards, only to find devastation. A time when people could have just worried about themselves, Irondequoit residents stepped up to help its neighbors.

During this time of need so many people made food and water donations to the shelters and warming stations that opened up during the time people were waiting for their power to return. The Irondequoit Community Cupboard lost power as well but by late Friday we were back and ready to help out. We know the community has always been there for us and we wanted to be there for them. ICC opened up on 3 different occasions for people who needed extra food. Some people lost all of their refrigerator and freezer food which put an extra dent on their food budget. Those on food stamps that had no electricity purchased easy to consume or prepare food; items that are much more expensive so their food stamp benefits ran out.

Because of the power outages and local state of emergency, schools were closed for several days. I was worried about the kids who rely on our weekend backpacks that get distributed to them. For those of you unaware, the bag usually provides food for that child and includes food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 milk, 1 juice and 3-4 healthy snacks. With this in mind, in a rush, myself, along with another board member Cherie Sutton, my husband, and 2 amazing women from East Irondequoit School District Food Services Dept., we quickly put together 156 bags of food for children in 7 of our Irondequoit elementary schools.

Because these were not normal circumstances, instead of providing single serve food items we provided full boxes of cereal, jars of peanut butter, boxes of macaroni and cheese, several large cans of soups and snacks The kids not only look forward to the bags we provide but in many cases, we are told that their families rely on them.

After the storm/s passed and people were getting back to normal, we received the food that was so kindly donated to the town, by residents and businesses. So thank you, thank you to EVERYONE who make Irondequoit such an amazing community. And thank you Supervisor Seely for thinking of ICC even during this demanding time.

On April 10th, our Board of Directors has its annual meeting. At that time, we will be losing two AMAZING board members. John Cortinas and Sue Reynolds have been tremendous assets to ICC. John has been with us for several years and with his strength, fabulous organizational skills, analytical mind, and great ideas, he will be greatly missed. Sue has been with us since before my surgeries and has been the only one who has been able to step in for me when I am out or on vacation. She has provided great leadership as Chair of our BOD and has helped guide us through many procedures and the creation of our by-laws. Over the years, she has become a great friend and I cannot tell you how much I am going to miss having her around. L

We have been delighted that we are receiving many calls and emails about volunteering at ICC. You need be at least a Junior in high school to become a volunteer. You can either stop in during our business hours or you can go to our website www.irondequoitcommunitycupboard.org and under the section “How you can help” you can print out an application. We are fortunate to have over 70 amazing volunteers. Since the beginning, part of our vision was that we really wanted our place to feel like a REAL community cupboard, therefore we wanted as many people to be able to volunteer as possible. Because of this however, you most likely will only be able to volunteer once a month. I book out 3 months in advance and I usually alert you to this through these monthly newsletters.

A great way for families to volunteer at ICC is by helping out at our garden. We have an AMAZING garden at the Vineyard Church. They are getting ready to begin getting to work over there so if you are interested in helping out please contact Jeff Printy at Jeff@irondequoitvineyard.com or
Susette at d-s-langston@rochester.rr.com Also, if you have extra vegetable plants you may have started from seed, or you would like to donate any vegetable plants, herbs, or new this year, blueberry bushes or asparagus roots, please contact one of them.

If you or your place of employment participates in United Way and would like to choose us as a designee, our designation number is 2466 In addition, our annual newsletter will be coming to your mailboxes soon. It is the only fundraiser we do and we hope you will continue to support us.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month! We have roughly 70 volunteers who either work once a month, pick up items at our drop-offs, pack and drop off our weekend backpack bags every week, pick up items that we order, and volunteers who do odds and ends around the cupboard. We are so grateful for the time and commitment every single one of you provide to ICC! (to show our appreciation we, the board and I, either bake or bring in a treat every time we are open during the month of April J I make a heckuva pumpkin bread and blueberry lemon bread)

Spring is my favorite season, a season full of hope and new beginnings. I cannot wait to begin to see green grass, colorful flowers and trees, and most of all, sunshine. So, I hope that you too, will be able to get out and enjoy Spring. On behalf of everyone on our board, Happy Spring! J (and ps, stay dry)

Debbie Evans, President

Sue Reynolds, Vice-President
John Kane, Treasurer
MaryJo Toepfer, Secretary
Cherie Evans, Board Member
Cherie Sutton, Board Member
John Cortinas, Board Member
Lisa Loeser, Board Member

We have SUCH an amazing town full of generous people. Here is a list of people who recently donated items at ICC or one of our drop off points. Thank you to all of you for your continued support; we are truly grateful. J

Thank you to those of you who donate through Thomson Reuters; we do not receive names to acknowledge you privately.

Thank you to the following:

Palmer, Karen and Rick 24 pounds of food
Durand United Church of Christ 79 pounds
Durand Eastman School 31 pounds
Helendale Road School 66 pounds
Library (drop off) 67 pounds
Ridge Culver Fire Dept (drop off) 1,345 pounds
Don and Nancy Story 224 pounds
Irondequoit United Church f Christ 82 pounds
Summerville Presbyterian Church 16 pounds
Daniel Johnson 41 pounds
Mr Illingworth 42 pounds
Brandy Simone and her family 100 pounds of perishables
Susan and Mary Kaye 12 pounds
Scouting for Food 313 pounds
Pinegrove (drop off) 37 pounds
Jim Miller 60 pounds
Living Waters Church 40 pounds
Mary Lanigan 28 pounds
Martha Hough
Tony DiPietro 27 pounds
Transfiguration Lutheran Church 118 pounds
East Avenue Grocery Run
Browncroft Community Church
Brad Austin 28 pounds
Listwood School 71 pounds
Irondequoit Quilt Club
Anthony Mastrella 69 pounds
Colleen Enright 23 pounds
Temple Emanuel 70 pounds
Therese Wensch coats and snowpants
Mike Berke 62 pounds
Jim Sorce 22 pounds
Point Pleasant Fire Dept 282 pounds
Innovative Dental 75 pounds
Reliant Federal Credit Union 39 pounds
Derma Renew

In addition to these amazing people, I often post pictures on our Facebook page when someone comes in to donate, check it out under Irondequoit Community Cupboard

Last but certainly not least is our Top 10 List for the month of April. Because of the storm we went through a lot more items than usual for this time of year.

    How You Can Help
    Upcoming Events
    Drop-off Sites
    About Us
    Contact Us

Electronic donations may be made via

Thank you for your generosity.

United Way (Designee Number 2466)

4275 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14622
(585) 336-9107

Mailing Address:
ICC c/o Debbie Evans
PO Box 17834
Rochester, NY 14617


100% juice boxes
Jelly (strawberry and grape small bottles )
Jif to Go
Pasta meals
Brown rice
Instant oatmeal packets (flavored) macaroni and cheese
Healthy snacks like individual bags of pretzels, fishies, crackers, etc
Nutrigrain bars

Also we are need of dish soap and pet food for both dogs and cats

I know this is not a food item but we are always being asked for cat and dog food. If you know of a source that would be able to donate pet food, please let me know. Many of our seniors and adults with disabilities love their pets and cannot imagine their home without.

Juice boxes (100%)
individual shelf milk,
single serve cereal,
instant oatmeal,
fruit cups,
granola bars,
mac and cheese,
single serve snax like pretzels, fishies, etc,
tomato, chicken noodle or vegetable soups, and
jif to go peanut butter.

Shampoo and Conditioner
All purpose cleaner
Salt for the driveway
Printer Paper

We also need:
Salt (for driveway/sidewalk)
printer paper
cleaning supplies for ICC, (Windex, paper towels, hand soap and rock salt)

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