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.
“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
Tuesday & Saturday from 9:30AM - 11:00AM.
Office Hours (BY PHONE ONLY)
Monday & Wednesday 9:00AM - 4:00PM
"Letter from the President"
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Phew, what a
whirlwind the past two months have been! I hope that everyone enjoyed their
holiday. Christmas truly IS a magical time, because there is no generosity
like the generosity we see during the holiday season. Everything you
donated, from every jar of gravy to every ham and for Every. Single. Dollar.
donated, you helped to ensure that those who are struggling in our
community, also got to have a nice Christmas or holiday so thank you thank
you thank you. (we believe we have received roughly 4000 pounds of
donations. (see pictures on Facebook)
We can hardly move in there right now.
An update on our holiday distribution; between the regular holiday baskets,
Special Santa's, stockings and holiday meals for our adults with
disabilities or 1 adult/ senior household, we were able to provide
assistance for over 300 households!! Thank you to ALL of you who helped make this happen. Thank you to all of our Special Santa's, the Irondequoit Rotary who donates 100 holiday baskets every year and to every single one of you who contributed for our annual Christmas program.
We have received so many phone calls filled with thanks and gratitude from
clients who received our gifts and food baskets. It is so nice to know that
we all DO make a difference in the lives of others. :) We received a letter
from a Ukrainian senior who could not thank us enough for the supplies their
home desperately needed especially warm socks for all 3 of these seniors, or
the two seniors who could afford only one cane between them so their Special
Santa purchased a second one. We received a call from one mom who finally
had pillows and sheets for her children. We received a call from a single
mother of 5 who only asked for warm hats, gloves and socks but received a
generous gift basket of clothes, toys and gift cards. Everyone we have seen
or spoken with since has been so grateful for everything.
For those who are not aware, in addition to the gifts (or stockings) and a
holiday meal, most households received extra food to aid them while children
were home on Christmas break or while we were closed for our winter break.
We could not do any of this without your support. Food, gifts and monetary
donations is what we need to provide our families with food and taxable
items that they are not able to afford right now.
Although we have an abundance of food donations (especially green beans)
right now, those of you who volunteer or visit us in the summer months know
that our shelves come close to empty. These donations, help to provide us
with the resources to carry us through the summer which can be our busiest
time since more kids are home and they do not receive free meals at school.
Hunger and food insecurity still poses a deep threat in our country and in
our community. Food insecurity is when a family or household doesn't know if
they will have enough food until they have money to purchase more.
Rochester continues to be in the top 3 of the NATION living in extreme
poverty and THE highest among other similar cities in the country. For a
family of 4 that means getting by on LESS than $12,000 a year
Irondequoit is its closest inner ring suburb and sometimes people forget
that we too, have poverty. PLEASE remember if you know of anyone who lives in Irondequoit that needs assistance, please have them call us at 336-9107
so that we can help. No child, or anyone for that matter, should ever go to
bed hungry. Let's continue to show other communities how ours is THE best
and most generous suburb in the county. :o)
If you are one of our current volunteers or someone new, we still have a
couple of slots to fill for January through March. Please let me know of you
are interested in this.
Below is a list of (almost) everyone who made donations during the holiday
season. This of course, does not include those of you wished to remain
anonymous or for those who dropped items off at our other area drop off
Thank you again and on behalf of all of our board members at ICC, we hope
you have a happy, healthy, wonderful New Year. :o)
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