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.”
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 from 9:00AM - 4:00PM
"Letter from the President"
The summer has gone by so quickly I feel like I barely had time to enjoy it. I hope you all have had a nice summer before you – know - what is upon us.
Many of you know how hard the summer is on a food pantry and ours is no exception. Our shelves become depleted because so many of our residents donate during the school year, at church or at certain events that take a back seat during our short summers. We are grateful that our community was so generous prior to vacation and we are very grateful to those of you who continued to make donations. I hope you have time to check out our Facebook page on occasion because there is usually a lot of information and photos there.
I was reading an article this morning in the D&C and the article stated “ in East Irondequoit school district, 52% of its children qualify for free and reduced lunch. ” http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/education/2015/09/17/hillside-schools-program-expands-gates-chili/32554321/
It is so important for children to get proper nutrition and not skip meals.
Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement, and future economic prosperity. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/child-hunger/?_ga=1.209012753.2000776322.1442599625
This is why we began the Weekend Backpack Program. I don’t know if there is a more important program that we do. For those of you who are new to us, the weekend backpack program provides food for a child who is eligible for free breakfast and lunch in their school. They receive food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 snacks, a milk and a juice. This helps their family to stretch their food dollars and it ensures that a child does not go hungry over the weekend. We provide this service now to 7 elementary schools in Irondequoit and we need your help to do this important work. Last year we provided 2,104 meals, 1,040 drinks, 1,916 healthy snacks per month! This does NOT include any other assistance we provide to residents in our community. SO yes, we need your help. For $200 you can sponsor a child for the school year. You can also donate items for the bags that include 100% juice, boxed milk, soup, tuna, macaroni and cheese, pasta meals, stew, pork and beans, individually wrapped bagels, mini cereal boxes, instant oatmeal, and healthy snacks such as raisins, granola bars, etc.
You have asked about the food being donated at Wegmans for the “Fill the Bus” campaign, no, that does not go to us. It goes to Foodlink who then shares some of the donations with organizations like ours that have a weekend backpack program but, no, it is not the same as giving these items directly to us.
September is Hunger Awareness Month - You can create awareness of hunger and food insecurity in many ways. Please wear orange on Thursdays to show support for hunger awareness. Reach out to an organization like ours and ask questions about hunger in their community. Have a food drive. Talk to friends. Take the SNAP challenge which is living on $5 a day for a week.
I want to remind you that our holiday signups will begin on Saturday October 3rd from 11am – 12pm. The information is on our website www.irondequoitcommunitycupboard.org and our Facebook page (see above) and you can even hear all of the info you need on our voice mail.
Also in October, 6th Annual Haunted Hampton
Wednesday October 21st, 2015
Hampton Inn Irondequoit
1323 East Ridge Road
Join Them for spooky trick or treating, ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening snacks.Trick or treating sponsored by your local Irondequoit businesses. Please help support the Irondequoit Community Cupboard, We are asking that all attendees bring in a non-perishable food item for donation.
Thank you so much to those of you have made monetary donations through our annual newsletter; we are so grateful. We would also, like to thank the following people and organizations for their donations during the month of August. We received food, toiletries, and school supplies from:
Jan and Jack Kaufman 47 pounds of produce from their garden
Summerville Presbyterian 127 pounds of produce from their garden
The Vineyard 439 pounds of produce from their garden
Don and Nancy Story
Liz Hopkins and Advent Learning Ctr
Joseph St Martin
Northridge Medical Group
Anonymous at Ridge Culver Fire Dept
Anonymous at Pinegrove Senior Center
Durand United Church of Christ
The Vinette Family
St Kateri at St Cecilias
Irondequoit United Church of Christ
Thank you to all of you who made donations for our annual Back to School Supply night that was held at the end of August. Your donations assisted (at last count) 167 children go to school as prepared as their peers.
If you would like to make a donation you may do so in person at 4275 Culver Road on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 930am-11am. You can also drop off non perishable items at the Ridge Culver Fire Dept (side door) and Pinegrove Senior Center and pretty soon at the NEW Irondequoit Library! You can also mail monetary donations to ICC c/o Debbie Evans at PO Box 17834 Rochester, NY 14617
Thank you so much to all of you for your continued support, we appreciate each and every item that has been donated, and every single dollar donated. We truly live in an amazing community!
Debbie Evans, President
Sue Reynolds, Vice-President
John Kane, Treasurer
MaryJo Toepfer, Secretary
Cherie Evans, Board Member
Rev. Sarah Culp, Board Member
Anne Johnson, Board Member
John Cortinas, Board Member
Lisa Loeser, Board Member