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 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 APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Tuesday & Saturday from 9:30AM - 11:00AM.

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

"Letter from the President"
(April 2015)

Dear Friends,
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month at ICC and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank ALL of our volunteers! Volunteers are extremely important to our organization and we could not accomplish all that we do without them. We have volunteers that serve in many capacities; all of which are integral to the success of our operation.

We have volunteers that pick up donations that we purchase from Foodlink and from area drop off points around town on Tuesdays and Saturdays. We have volunteers that come in on Tuesdays and Saturdays to do a variety of different tasks for us. This includes, but is not limited to, packing orders that our client’s request because we utilize a “Client Choice” model of distribution. Our volunteers help us carry the requested items out to their cars or waiting carts since a good majority of our clients are either senior citizens or they are adults with disabilities. We have volunteers who are there to assist with donations that are incoming; recording the items we receive, and then helping us organize them to be ready to be shelved. We also have volunteers who help us clean and organize around the building.

We have volunteers who come in every Thursday to make sure that children in 6 Irondequoit schools receive a weekend backpack filled with food. Not only do these volunteers pack these bags but they also bring them to the schools and let me tell you with over 130 kids, this is not an easy task.

We have volunteers who work at the garden at the Vineyard. These volunteers work very hard making sure the ground is ready for planting. Then we have volunteers who help care for the garden and then bring the amazing produce to our facility so that our clients have a greater opportunity to eat fresh, healthy produce.

We have volunteers who work at the Farmers Market all summer long making sure that we are a visible presence in the community. These volunteers also provide information to those who want to know more about ICC.

We have an amazing (and patient) volunteer who has been helping me with grants that we have been fortunate enough to receive.

As you can see, we have many ways in which someone can volunteer at our organization and we want to thank each and every one of them. All month long, we will be providing treats to our volunteers to show our appreciation. J Thank you to all of you.

If you don’t already, please check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irondequoit-Community-Cupboard-Inc/180196068672489 to see photos and updates all month long.

We do a pretty good job (I think) of acknowledging donations as they come in. In addition, I would suspect that to someone who isn’t at the ICC on a regular basis, you would think we have an over abundance of food. In actuality though, we are down in donations so far this spring. Very down. We are grateful to all of you who donated during your Lenten celebration and to those of you who donated to the Scouting for Food campaign that just ended. We are very grateful to those of you who donate to the Ridge Culver Fire Dept, Pinegrove and Cooper Road Library; we never get to see you or acknowledge your donations but please be assured we are always grateful.

We are also grateful for each and every item that we receive. You can imagine though, how much food we go through. Last year we provided enough food for over 112,000 meals. Since 2010 we have seen a 71% increase in the amount of households that are served. This number does not include our backpack program which just for the month of March provided food for 377 backpacks. This equals 754 breakfasts, 754 lunches, 1,323 snacks, 377 milks and 377 juices. This program alone costs around $21,000 per year. So please, consider donating to our organization through United Way (our designee number is 2466) or to us directly.

Thank you to the following people and/or organizations for your donations to ICC:

Eastridge High School (food and new toys)
Pamela Segarra (fresh and frozen foods 39 lbs)
Mr and Mrs Galanite (14 lbs)
the Western NY Doll Association (46 lbs)
Durand Eastman and Ivan Green from the ABC Dinner and Art Show (415 lbs) Don and Nancy Story (290 lbs)
Durand United Church of Christ (73 lbs)
Summerville Presbyterian Church (249 lbs)

Donations left at Cooper Road Library (209 lbs)

Donations left RCFD (883 lbs)
Trevor Carney and Troop 356 from St Kateri (577 lbs)

Gay Mattys(5 lbs)
Barbara T. Schron (5 lbs)

Galonte Family (10lbs)
Canandaigua Natl Bank (40 lbs)
KAFL (163 lbs)
Resurrection Lutheran Church (59 lbs)

Cooper Rd Library and Pinegrove Senior Ctr (89 lbs)
ESL for their large monetary donation from their 3rd Annual Stew, soup and chili tasting

Boy Scout Troop 231 at St Ambrose for their donation of 21 lbs of food!
Thank you to the St Josaphat Lenten Food Drive sponsored by the Childrens Religion Program who donated 425 pounds of food!!
And thank you to those of you who dropped off food at the Cooper Rd Library for a total of 155 pounds of food.
and last but not least, thank you to East Iron Central Office for your donation of 21 pounds of food!

Last but not least, thank you so much Tim for plowing and shoveling for ICC throughout this crazy, long winter; I cannot begin to thank you enough! J

I am still looking to fill a couple of Tuesday slots from now through June. If you would like to volunteer, please give me a call or send an email to info@irondequoitcommunitycupboard.org

On April 30th, there will be a Foodlink Mobile Pantry at Durand Eastman School. We are looking for a few more volunteers to help us with this event. We need a few people for unloading the truck from 4-5PM and then help with distribution from 5-7pm and close and clean up at 7pm.
If you or someone you know would like to come to this event to receive food, please share the above information. There are no income or residency requirements; ANYONE over the age of 18 is welcome.

If you are interested in helping with the garden at The Vineyard Church there is a planning meeting Tuesday April 14 @ 7:00pm. If you would like to speak with Jeff prior to the meeting, you can contact him at cell @ 585-576-7674

Last but not least, over the past month we began our new Recipe of the Month and we have received great reviews! If you would like to help with this, I would love to enlist you. I am looking for recipes that are 5 ingredients or less and one of the ingredients is fresh produce. This past month we made chicken escarole soup and this month we will be trying beans and greens. I would love to provide healthy recipes especially during the summer months that include a vegetable that is growing in abundance like zucchini, squash and tomatoes.

I do hope I am not forgetting anything or anyone, though if I am, someone will surely let me know. J Thank you so much and HAPPY SPRING!


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

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Thank you for your generosity.

United Way (Designee Number 2466)

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


Canned fruit (in natural juice)
Canned tuna, chicken or salmon
Chicken noodle soup
Instant mashed potatoes
Flavored rice side dishes
Macaroni and cheese
Oatmeal (both instant and regular old fashioned)
Jelly (grape and strawberry)

*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.

Every Friday we include items for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 snacks, 1 juice box, and 1 milk

Canned pasta meals
Canned tuna
Jif to go peanut butter
Instant oatmeal
Nutrigrain bars
100% juice boxes
Shelf stable milk
Healthy snacks
Chicken noodle soup
Carnation breakfast drink

*keep in mind we go thru 109 of these every week.
*we could also use toilet paper, all purpose cleaner, dish soap, and laundry detergent

*gift cards to Wegmans, Topps and Herremas are also greatly appreciated!
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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