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,
Spring is my favorite time of year. I love the green grass, the flowers coming in bloom, the leaves once again forming on the trees and finally, to be rid of snow again until next winter. I always feel like spring is for new beginnings and in many ways it is.
For the food cupboard, this is usually the time of year when donations slow down or even stop coming in all together. Hunger occurs year round, it doesn’t know about the changing seasons.
Our community is so generous. This year I have been amazed at the outpouring of kindness towards the many school programs that were in jeopardy of being cut. Many businesses stepping in to make sure these programs remained in the curriculum. Sadly, there have been many families who have known someone ill and that we have contributed to those “Go Fund Me” pages.
Not to mention the higher prices at the grocery store; it is no wonder that we are seeing so many people who continue to struggle within our community. A couple of weeks ago I was at a school speaking about “Hunger in the Community” when a little girl came running up to me to try and give me a huge hug. She then went on to tall all of her peers and classmates how we “helped her family when they were hungry.” Its reasons like this that I continue to want to make a difference here in Irondequoit. Our kids need us. Specifically, they need you.
This year, ICC was not one of the pantries that received donations from the USPS drive last week. There will not be a Celebrate Irondequoit this year. (an annual event that brought in a lot of food and monetary donations) We are continuing to see a rise in the number of kids needing our weekend backpack program; we are now up to 136. And as the food and taxable items that households need remain the same or continue to rise in price, we are an organization that will continue to be needed and therefore, we will need you. If you donate to Unite Way we are designee number 2466.
I am very excited to say that our garden is being planted this week. If you or your family would like to help ICC, this is a great way to do so. I know that Jeff needs people who will be able to pick the produce and bring it to us on Tuesdays and Saturdays when the produce is ready. This is a great project for groups, churches, households, and individuals. We are very grateful for your support. I wish you could see the faces of those who are so excited to be receiving fresh produce and seasonings. Contact me for more information at Debbieevans@rochester.rr.com Check out Channel 8 on Tuesday May 21st to see a segment on the Irondequoit Community Garden at the Vineyard Church.
We have seen a lot of excitement regarding our item of the month recipe. This month is Spinach Parmesan Pasta. This recipe uses fresh spinach and garlic, parmesan cheese and (we used) wheat spaghetti. If you know of some easy 5 ingredient recipes that include fresh produce, please share them with me. J
I am NOW planning the June, July and August calendar, please contact me to sign up for a date. If you are one of my regular volunteers, please, let me know if you will be here for these months.
I hope that you all continue to enjoy this beautiful weather we are having and enjoy all of the family events that usually occur about this time every 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