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TEMPORARY POLICY

When you arrive at ICC at your scheduled food pickup time, please drive past our building, turn around and pull up along the edge of ICC.  We will bring your items to your car, instead of you coming inside the building.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Irondequoit Community Cupboard has always been about “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” The corona virus is here and We really dont know much about it except that the elderly population and those with compromised immune systems are most susceptible.

If you are an at risk Irondequoit resident who is elderly or has a compromised immune system such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, COPD, and those receiving cancer treatment, I will bring you emergency food. I do not want you to put yourself at a higher risk than necessary.

Please contact me directly at iccdebbieevans@gmail.com if you would like me to do this for you.

Debbie

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 provide emergency assistance to Irondequoit residents with dignity, kindness and without prejudice.”

Vision

"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.”

Amazon.com for ICC

This will only take a moment of your time; I know you shop at Amazon, especially for the holidays. You can help the Irondequoit Community Cupboard just by going to https://smile.amazon.com and then type in Irondequoit Community Cupboard You would then continue to shop whatever it was you were shopping for and we get a (small) dollar percentage of your order. So we win for you doing what you were going to do anyway. This would be a great and easy way for you to “Help us Help others” in our community.

For more information you can go to Facebook page for up to date photos and info https://www.facebook.com/Irondequoit-Community-Cupboard-Inc-180196068672489/?fref=ts

United Way
Remember us at United Way giving time we are designee #2466

Bottle and Can Returns
Great news!!! Thanks to Bob Schultz for making me aware of a unique (to us) way for us to raise some money. If you need to return bottles and cans, and who doesn’t, you can bring them to Quick Cans Recycling at 471 East Ridge Road, Rochester, NY 14621, and donate the proceeds to us just by mentioning the Irondequoit Community Cupboard.

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 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Fridays 9:00AM-12:00PM

"Letter from the President"
(April 2021)

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and I don’t know if there has been a time, in recent history, when we need to show thanks and gratitude to those who volunteer at organizations like ours. This past year has been devastating for so many and if we did not have their amazing dedication and support, we would not have been able to keep our doors open.

From the very beginning we knew that remaining open and making sure our community had access to food, toiletries, and emergency supplies would be imperative. We knew that making sure kids had access to food both at school and at home would make a huge impact on their ability to stay focused. We knew that getting food to those who could not or were too afraid to leave their homes was imperative. We knew that working through issues, listening, and being there for you could make all the difference in the world to making sure we would all be ok.

Yes, we had many, many volunteers that were not able to come in due to Covid but we had others who could remain and at their own risk. While we did what we could to mitigate any health hazards, we just didn’t know enough about this virus to be able to say with 100% certainty that they would be safe at our facility. Our volunteers saw the anguish on faces of those who had lost loved ones, knew people who had been or were sick and yet they still came in. People were frustrated at the lack of necessities they could find at stores and they were upset watching prices rise for supplies they needed. So many people were laid off and this was new to them. All we wanted to do was give them a hug, yet we were divided by a phone or a car window.

So now, a year later, please join me in thanking anyone who was on the front line at nonprofits like ours, risking their health and safety to make sure everyone we knew about had access to healthy food, toiletries and essentials. like the volunteers of the Irondequoit Community Cupboard. We all owe them a debt of gratitude that really is beyond words. I know I am so grateful to my family who stepped in without me asking, our amazing Board of Directors that came in to do anything and everything that needed to be done and most definitely to the amazing men and women, residents of our beautiful town, who came in to help day after day, week after week, month after month.

We are slowly getting back to what may be a new normal, we try and thank everyone for all of your contributions but sometimes we miss someone, if that has happened to you, I sincerely apologize. Thank you so much to all of you who somehow were able to find necessities either at stores or online and made purchases to donate these items every time we were open. We didn’t always get your name, most times you didn’t want any recognition but know we are celebrating you today and every day! The response from our community is amazing, yet not surprising as I have always known what a generous and remarkable community Irondequoit is.

While April is a month set aside for thanking all of our volunteers, I hope you know how grateful we are each and every day. To all of you who have supported us through these difficult times, thank you. Hopefully better days are ahead.

Below is a letter from our Garden Coordinator, Anne. If you would like to help with the garden or can donate supplies listed below, please let her know. Spring is here and we look forward to the amazing produce that comes from the land so generously donated by the Vineyard Church. Thank you to all of you and your families who go and weed, water, harvest and deliver fresh produce to our doors for us to share with our clients, it is such a treasure.

Sincerely,

Debbie Evans, President



Garden Coordinator Anne at Irondequoitccgarden@gmail.com if you are interested in helping or providing resources for our garden. Here is the list of things they will be tackling this year. Here is a partial letter from Anne:


Right now, I am looking to confirm who would like to work in the garden this year and what you'd like to help with. As with previous years, we will need people for harvests on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 7:30-8:45, we will need people to help with planting and weeding, and we will need volunteers for daily watering.



Please reply to me and let me know what you'd like to help with if anything - so that I can make sure we have enough volunteers to cover everything that needs to get done. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please let me know so that I can take you off of this list. If you know anyone else that would like to help out, please feel free to give out this email address and I will add them to these emails going forward.



Below is a list of other projects I am hoping to work on this year - it may not be possible to get everything done in one Spring/Summer season, but a girl can dream!

*Re-doing the fence around the outside of the garden-

Currently, the fence around the garden is plastic netting that is attached to wooden posts. We would like to dig into the ground around the perimeter and put in a sturdier fencing, at least near the ground, in the hopes that it will keep out smaller animals and increase our vegetable and fruit harvests for the Community Cupboard.

*Replacing the beds that did not get replaced last year-

Last year, about 20 of our beds were replaced with help from the pastor at the Vineyard church and a volunteer. We would like to replace the remaining beds as some of them are starting to fall apart/rot from the elements and several years of use. The materials for the bed replacement last year cost around $1000, and it took a few days for the new beds to be built.

*Re-filling beds with compost/soil –

We try to do this every year or two to make sure the beds are full of nutrient-rich soil and compost. If we are replacing some of the beds, more soil will be needed to fill those beds back up.

*Tilling and adding soil for a new corn field– (if anyone has a rototiller)

There is a section of the garden that used to have berry bushes, but they have since been removed. This year, I am hoping to clear that area and till the soil so we can plant a small corn field. This will require pulling out all plants and weeds that are currently in that section, tilling the soil, and adding fresh compost to help the corn grow.

Sincerely,

Debbie Evans, President
Executive Director
(585)336-9107

Lisa Loeser, Chairperson
MaryJo Toepfer, Vice Chairperson
John Kane, Treasurer
Cherie Evans, Secretary

Diane Zaccarine, Corresponding Secretary
Mary Bragg, Board Member
Carolyn DeHond, Board Member
John Villeneuve, Board Member

WAYS TO GIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

* Go to RoctheDay.org and then Irondequoit Community Cupboard -every dollar makes a difference. Starting at midnight 12/1/2020

* Go to our website at www.irondequoitcommunitycupboard.org and click on our Paypal link.
* Look at our Top 10 list always listed on our Facebook page or our website. (see below) and choose an item to purchase for us

* Donate food items for our Holiday basket

* Donate food items for our Weekend Backpack Program

* Donate gift cards for those who come to us from now through our winter break as our Special Santa program deadline has passed.

* Check donations can be made payable to ICC c/o Debbie Evans
PO Box 17834 Rochester, NY 14617

 
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United Way (Designee Number 2466)

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

Mailing Address:
ICC c/o Debbie Evans
PO Box 17834
Rochester, NY 14617

We do not discriminate anyone based on race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
TOP 10 LIST

Instant oatmeal
100% juice pouches or boxes
peanut butter and strawberry jelly (small jars or squeezable bottles)
saltine crackers
condensed chicken noodle and vegetable soups
canned stew and hash
regular coffee
size large depends
all purpose cleaner
laundry detergent

We also need:
DRY dog food in manageable sized bags

Items for Christmas Basket
Ham (we provide)
scalloped or instant mashed potatoes
gravy
2 kinds of vegetables
Applesauce or pineapple
1 box of biscuit mix (like jiffy)
Sugar cookie mix, frosting and sprinkles
Coffee, tea and hot cocoa

Extras
Pancake mix and syrup
Cereal
peanut butter
Pasta and sauce
Xmas candy

*Currently we are NOT in need of cereal. Thank you.

Also, PLEASE do not forget our furry friends- we can always use dog and cat food

We also need taxable items like small dish soap, small laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, and tampons. (We have plenty of maxi pads)

 

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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