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 serve families and individuals in need, without bias or prejudice, that reside in the Town of Irondequoit, by providing emergency assistance.”
"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"
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As I sit here in my warm home still full from our Thanksgiving meal, I am reminded of all that I have to be thankful for. We often take things like food, warm clothing, heat and medicine for granted but in the work that we do at the Irondequoit Community Cupboard we are all too often reminded of those who do not have these basic necessities.
On Tuesday we handed out the last of our Thanksgiving baskets (well over 200 this year) and several people who came to pick up their baskets did so without a coat; not because they didn’t feel like wearing one, or because they were “too cool” but because they didn’t have one. It was FREEZING out all 3 of the days that we distributed. Thankfully because of your generous donations of gently used coats we were able to bring people downstairs to our coat rack so that they could choose a coat to wear. Thankfully, because of your generosity, we were also able to offer many people warm hats, gloves and mittens.
One of our clients came in pretty distraught. I brought her into my office so we could have some privacy and I learned that since she has been out on disability she has had trouble paying her rent and utility bills. She just ran over some nails and she punctured 2 tires on her car. Because she didn’t have the money to pay for the tires the business was holding her car. And since she hasn’t been able to afford her cobra payment her insurance was discontinued and she didn’t have the money to pay for her much needed prescriptions. I wish I could say this situation was uncommon but we see this all too often. These situations would be stressful at any time but then throw in the holidays and these situations can become overwhelming.
Though I wish we could provide assistance for everything, we cannot but because of your generosity and all of the hard work of our volunteers, we were able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for 337 adults, 348 children, 59 senior citizens, and 2 veterans; thank you so much!
As a reminder on December 2nd we will once again Roc the Day with other United Way agencies for a full 24 hour period. https://www.roctheday.org/IrondequoitCommunityCupboard Our goal this year will be to raise $1,635.00 This is the cost of one month of our backpack program, so please spread the word about the Irondequoit Community Cupboard and “Help us Help others.”
Last but not least, our Special Santa program is well under way. We still have about 15 families waiting to be selected and I know that we will have many late additions as well. So if this is something that you, your organization, your office or family is interested in please contact me as soon as you can. The deadline to get the gifts to us is Saturday December 13th and we will be distributing these gifts and food baskets on Tuesday December 16th and Wednesday December 17th. We will be open on Saturday December 20th for emergencies and then we will be closed for Christmas and will re-open for distribution on Saturday January 3rd.
I am going to try and thank everyone who has been so kind and generous to the ICC over the past month. I apologize in advance if there is someone that I leave out, it gets so crazy at the holidays that we may have forgot to record your contribution when you came in. Here it goes, thank you to:
· Your Gloving Warmth for 100’s of pairs of knit gloves
· The Lions Club for providing 2 full Thanksgiving meals
· The Kiwanis group for delivering a Thanksgiving plate of food to 6 of our clients
· Iron High School DECA for 1,025 pounds of food
· all of you who dropped off donations anonymously to our drop off points; the Ridge Culver Fire Dept, Cooper Road Library and Pinegrove Senior Center
· Durand United Church of Christ
· Don and Nancy Story for their weekly contributions
· Mr and Mrs Printup
· beautiful hats and scarves from Nancy Donald
· East Irondequoit Transportation for their food drive; 80 pounds of food
· Southlawn for 576 pounds of food during Red Ribbon week
· “Amy’s Ladies Night” for 101 pounds of food
· Mr and Mrs Greene
· Lucy Donalies; laundry detergent
· Eastridge Robotics; 22 pounds of food
· Barbara Tropiani-Schrom for 225 pounds of donations
· Temple Eman-u-el; 38 pounds of food
· Helendale Road School; 34 pounds of food
· Hobie Creek Apts; 52 pounds of food
· Alice Bearce for her handmade gloves, slippers and hats
· Jean Roberti for 293 pounds of donations
· Brookview and Listwood Schools for 243 pounds of food during Red Ribbon week
· Southlawn and Rogers Schools for 429 pounds of food during Red Ribbon week
· Seneca School for 128 pounds of food during Red Ribbon Week
· East Irondequoit Teachers Association and Staff for raising $1,200 to ICC by “paying” to wear jeans to school
· Lake Breeze Wellness for 77 pounds of donations from her clients
· Boy Scouts troops 233, 231 and 31 for donating 217 pounds of donations for their Religious Emblem badge
· Summerville Presbyterian Church for 84 pounds of donations
· Durand Eastman school for 113 pounds of food during Red Ribbon week
· Iroquois School for 100 pounds of food during Red Ribbon week
· Piper Anly for raising $ from her lemonade stand
· Gary Clarcq; food and gloves
· East Irondequoit school district teachers and staff for the annual Thanksgiving Day feast where they raised $1,047!
· The staff at the Cooper Road library for the 2 Thanksgiving baskets of food
· Bill and Donna Torpey for donating money for the Thanksgiving chickens for our 2 person households
· Wegmans for their $200 gift card
· The Herremas guys for their continued support and generosity
· All of the schools who brought in food for our Thanksgiving baskets (the list is still being tabulated)
· Our generous and amazing community for the many, many donations left at our dropoff points
· Murphs Pub and those who participated in raffles that raised about $650 and those who dropped off food of over 825 pounds and those of you who donated coats at the annual chicken wing contest and fundraiser
· Third Presbyterian Church for monetary donations from their Grocery Run
· Irondequoit Ministerial Association for the wonderful holiday event (donations still being tabulated)
· Transfiguration Lutheran Church for 32 coats and monetary donation
· Peace of Christ Church for their monetary donation
· Mr and Mrs Musliner for their generous donation
· Diane Zielinski for her generous donation toward our backpack program and holiday programs
· Durand Eastman teachers and staff for food and monetary donations toward the holidays
· Gail Short, Faith Keeley, Judy DeCesare, Dick Galvin, Judith Kiley, Sharon James, Marilyn Wisniewski for their continued support and generosity.
I hope that I got everyone included, thank you thank you!
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