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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"
(January 2020)

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

2020 has not been a great year for too many. Thankfully it is coming to a close and we can feel hopeful for 2021.
We are closed until Monday January 4th for office hours and our first distribution of the year will be on Tuesday January 5th. If you are planning on making donations of nonperishable items at the library or fire house, and it is possible for you to hang on to them until we re-open, we would be grateful.
There are not enough words to be able to thank you all. I have been trying to compose a letter for several days now and I cannot find the words that encompass how i feel. How grateful I am, our Board of Directors are and most of all, our clients.
I have received many calls and texts and messages over the past few days from those whose lives you helped touch this year. Let me tell you, it is real. Our friends and neighbors have been struggling more than I have ever seen and you all have made such an impact on their lives.
I had a mother call me whose son began to cry when he saw all of the items they brought home - "he didnt understand why people were being so nice." "this 9-year-old boy had been watching his parents skip dinner so the kids could eat and now they had "a Lot of food and snacks!”
A mother called me and could barely speak because both she and her husband had been lost their jobs, their unemployment used up and they had no idea how they were going to get through the holidays. They were going to have to tell their 6-year-old son there is no Santa this year. And then they saw what was chosen for their family.
A father called to say their food stamps were still pending, they didnt have a way to get to school to pick up meals and when we dropped off their food and packages, he couldnt speak. He had never needed help before, and it was very difficult for him to reach out to us for assistance.
A mother who has been battling cancer all year, her husband barely working, unable to provide for their 4 children. Had it not been for our help this year she didnt think they would get by.
A veteran who had a stroke and no family to speak of couldnt get around because he needed a new tire for his truck and didnt have the means to purchase one. We reached out to the community at large and within minutes someone was purchasing the tire he needed so he could feel a bit of independence. He had no words for the food and stocking that made it to his home a couple of days ago. He stood in the doorway crying.
A woman who lost her mother last week, is disabled and relies on medical motors for transportation didnt have a way of getting to us for food and we made sure it was delivered on Saturday. She has a stocking for Christmas morning, food for a feast and food to get by while we are closed.
A dad battling cancer, mom working part time to support 5 kids have been receiving help from us (via you) and the children’s schools all year to make sure they family has enough food.
A senior whose only mode of transportation is a bike, which was demolished this year, received a new, gently used from a Special Santa. He received a new jacket and hat and gloves, and he said, "he had never felt so special in all of his adult life." "he didnt know why someone would choose to help him in such a generous fashion" he could only cry on our voicemail.
There are so many stories and I could go on and on but what I am trying to say is yes, people see me and thank me but really, I am just the conduit between you and them. Long food lines, I am sure you have seen them, but we have been able to provide food all year long with no interruption of service. At the beginning of this awful awful pandemic, I made a promise to you- that as long as I was healthy and we had the food and supplies, I would make damn sure those who needed it would get it. It has not been easy, and we have made many changes to our protocols to keep everyone safe. I had to do a lot more community outreach to ensure that people knew we were here for them. We worked with ALL of the schools, the churches, the senior homes reaching out on a regular basis to make sure everyone was ok. That everyone had the basic necessities they need. I know that we cannot reach everyone but we surely tried.

You - you all are such a gift. You may never meet the people that you donated money to, brought in food for, held food drives for, purchased diapers and soap and toilet paper for.....You will probably never know how much it meant to the people you made a stocking for, or decorations you bought for a tree that was donated. You will never see the joy and astonishment that our friends had when they picked up all of the SPecial Santa gifts, the holiday meals and the extra food packed in a bag to help while we are closed but I want you to know......you have made a difference in the lives of many this year. Like I said, i do not have the words of gratitude that would convey how I feel towards all of you who "Helped us Help others" this year.......I love you all and I am so grateful to each and every one of you for each and every item, each and every dollar donated this year. Your generosity is amazing.

Happy, Happy Holidays to you all. Here is to a healthy and happier new year. With love and gratitude from all of us at ICC.....


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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Thank you for your generosity.

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


TOP 10 LIST

Canned fruit
Canned vegetables
Canned soup (chicken noodle especially)
Canned meals (stew, chili, pasta meals, or hash)
Pasta sauce
Beans (black, red, white, pink)
Scalloped or Instant mashed potatoes
Mac and cheese
Instant coffee, hot cocoa
Toilet paper

We also need:
Toilet paper
paper towels
Shampoo
Feminine pads
Male and female deodorant
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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