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,
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! From the responses I have received from our clients, they too, had a wonderful holiday because of all of you. “My children couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas,” “We never imagined our Special Santa would be so kind and generous,” “We would not have had a Christmas if it were not for you” were just a few of the comments I have received. So thank you so much for allowing me to be the conduit to which you have provided so many people with happiness.
Along with gifts, everyone, and I mean everyone, who came to ICC during the season received a food basket that included food for a wonderful holiday dinner. In addition to that they received pancake mix, syrup, hot chocolate, pasta, sauce, peanut butter and a few other odds and ends. We had about 50 households that came to us just a couple of days before we closed for the break that also received these items in addition to emergency food. Many (over 100) people received Christmas stockings. Those who received stockings were elderly, adults with disabilities, adults who lived alone and people who came in after our deadline had passed. Many families were able to “shop” in our basement for their young children because of all of the toys and gifts we have. All in all, everyone I spoke with had a wonderful Christmas.
This kind of special magic doesn’t happen by itself; we have so many elves and people to thank and I am long overdue in doing so. First and foremost, of course my Board of Directors. We are a working board and you have no idea how many hours goes into a project like this….We also are lucky to have a few very Special Elves like Dena Kropman who helps coordinate our program with the West Irondequoit School district. Jason Vinette, Jeremy Toepfer, Lucy Donalies, Carolyn DeHond, Maryellen Tille, Neil Greene, Mary Rively, Don and Linda Campese, Sophie, Mary Bragg, and Gail (forgive me I cannot remember your last name) These amazing volunteers put in a ton of hours as we were getting closer to our distribution day; we would not have gotten everything done without these selfless individuals.
I am going to thank a lot of people now and I hope I do not forget anyone but if I do, please send me a note so I can acknowledge this and know that it is not because I am ungrateful, it is just that I probably didn’t take perfect notes.
Our heartfelt thanks to the Irondequoit Rotary for providing 100 Christmas baskets; they have been doing this for us since I can remember. Thank you to Tasteful Connections who from the very beginning has been the most kind and generous friend to us that I can think of! Thank you so much to Assemblyman Joe Morelle for remembering those who are less fortunate in our community. He has provided us with grants so that we can continue and expand programs that are needed by so many. Thank you so much to the WIN group for your generosity and support. Thank you so much to the GeoRoc Group who for the past few years have donated food, toys and money to “Help us Help Others.” Thank you to everyone who provided food for the many, many food drives that went on around town; donations that would be donated to us.
Thank you to Wegmans Ridge Culver for your gift card at both holidays. Thank you to Herremas for being such a good neighbor and for being so accommodating! Thank you to Selenas Mexican Restaurant for their generosity over the past few years. Thank you to Young at Heart, we love you! Thank you to the Breakfast Club, Simply Stitches, the Weather or Not Garden Club, and the Circle of Friends. Don and Nancy Story; you have to be one of THE most generous couple that I know! Thank you to my “Bruce buds,” some who I have never met but believe in what we are doing. Thank you to Lake Breeze Wellness, Reliant Community Federal Credit Union, the Torpey Family, R. Stephen Ross Associates, and Laborers International Union of North America Local 435. Thank you to many of the employees at Town of Irondequoit and Supervisor Adam Bello.
There is going to be a long list of thanks for each and every one of our Special Santas; thank you to the Janes, Diane Z, The Capelli’s, Ruth and Bill Shepard, Sophie, Carolyn, Sara, M and T Bank, Geva Theater, The Kennard’s, The Gilman’s, Dick Galvin, Sarah McKeon, Rick and Peg Thrash, Sue Pomponio, The Cleary’s, Chris Triplett, Colebrook, the Lions Club, Eastridge Counseling Center, Listwood, West Irondequoit Admin Bldg, and Assemblyman Joe Morelle’s office.
Thank you to you amazing teachers and staff at Dake Junior High, at Southlawn, Leana Palumbo, Tracy Schultz, Donna and Bill Torpey, Jeff Jasek, West Irondequoit Human Resource Dept, Carolyn and John Villeneuve, Aleena Bellack, Susan Carmen-Duffy, Southlawn School, Amanda Capelli, Ivan Green Teachers, the Powlin Family, teachers from Rogers and Southlawn who combined their efforts to help SOOO many families.
Thank you to Michael and Lauren O’Grady, Laura Rhyner, Student Services at West Irondequoit Admin bldg, Julie and Derek Madonia, Melissa Herman. To the many, many teachers at Dake, Melissa Herman, teachers and faculty at Briarwood School, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, Sue Goodlein, Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall, Jackie Mooney and Patti Brazill from Irondequoit High School, and Mary Grow East Irondequoit District office.
Thank you to Supervisor Adam Bello, Sarah Culp, Nick Weatherbee, Kim Baptiste, Sherry Muscate, Sandy Cordingly, Sarah Schmerbeck, Betty Doyle, Selenas Restaurant, Aaron and Kelly Metras, Christine Rovet, Heather St Croix, Matt and Liz Lawson, Stephanie Kanis, The Lincoln Family, the Evans Family, and Vandy Humphrey.
Thank you so much Robert Kiley, Steve and Cheri Evans, John Cortinas, Wellington Steele and Associates, Peter Romal, Michelle Simmons, Nisha Gupta, Meg Stoffel, Jean Mead, Carol Thiell, the Women Sharing Faith and Scripture at St Margaret Mary’s, Mary Revely and family, and Megan McLoughlin.
Thank you to Margaret Henning, Rob Eckelberger, Sue Accorso, HIS English Dept, Melissa and Blake Phillips, Karen Speciale, Sue Ernst, Leslie Powers, Judy Bry, Wendy Baker, Jan Coholan, Tanya Reynolds, Kristine Casciari, Patty Klimchuck, Irene Szmigel and the Courts at Town Hall, Kelly Moroni, Marie Black, Annie Sealy, Amy Garnish and Family, Lisa Loeser, Dick Galvin and Eastridge High School Honor Society.
Thank you Irondequoit Service Club, Sherrie Hertweck, Kimberly Bohnel, Tasteful Connections, the WIN group, Peggy Brayer, Mary DeLoia, Victoria Atilla, East Irondequoit Transportation Dept, Amy LePaine, Lynn Wilder, Terri Dunn, Katelyn Masterson, and the teachers and staff at East Irondequoit Middle School and Durand Eastman School.
I am sure that I forgot someone but as I look at this list I am amazed. It is a beautiful thing to see this fully ready to go and I really do not know how to begin to thank each and every one of you. There are so many people that I know dropped off turkeys, hams and special treats for the Christmas baskets. I know many of you dropped off gift cards for us to hand out to those who were late to the program. Many, MANY of you made beautiful, warm hats, mittens, gloves and little booties. There is so much to getting this whole program together and as you can see, it really is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”
On behalf of all of our Board of Directors, I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy New Year.
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