WE WILL BE CLOSED JULY
1 - 4
We will reopen on July 5, for appointments made before July 1.
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 provide emergency assistance to Irondequoit residents with dignity, kindness and without prejudice.”
"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 9:00AM - 4:00PM
"Letter from the President"
Finally, we are getting some beautiful weather! I don’t know about you but since we get limited amounts of sun and warm weather, I would much rather be outside than in an office so I will keep this month’s newsletter short. Scroll down after my closing to see all of the many, many generous people in our community. J
We are still in need of some more volunteers for the month of August. We will also need people who will harvest and bring over fresh produce on Tuesdays and Saturdays during the summer months. (by 9am)
We are beginning to gear up to the end of the school year and with that comes me sending an occasional reminder about items that ICC is running short of. Summers are our leanest months and we really believe that our organization does a great job in being good stewards of the donations that you entrust to us.
That being said, I hope that many of you got to go to the Vineyard last week to see what a great job Jeff Printy and all of his/our volunteers and clients are doing with the ICC garden. They continue to grow and try new varieties of produce and herbs and we are so proud to be able to share this with our clients. This is also a way that some of our able bodied clients can help us. We also continue to offer a Recipe of the Month that uses a fresh produce ingredient. Please email me some of your favorite recipes. J
Often times during random conversations, we get people who ask us about all of the items they donate to Foodlink, both monetarily at the checkout aisle and through food donations like the Fill the Bus campaign. Last week a volunteer of ours was surprised to learn that we do not receive those direct dollars or food that is gathered at our local grocery stores, restaurants or other type of drives. A foodbank is different that a food pantry. Foodlink is a food bank. They are like the BJs and Costco of food pantries. We are able to purchase food from them with federal, state and local United Way grants that we apply for through Foodlink. In addition, like BJs and Costco, we pay an annual membership fee. In addition to food pantries and soup kitchens, Foodlink also is a food source for day care centers and group homes, summer meal programs, etc. We are fortunate that we are able to get things like shelf milk at a fabulous price from them that is not available to us otherwise. We also purchase a lot of healthy snack choices that aren’t always available elsewhere. Foodlink is also a good resource to many area nonprofit organizations like ours. In addition to being a friend, Tom Ferraro was a great source of information and guidance as I began the journey of transitioning from my home to a real food pantry.
We have some thank you’s to share. Many people don’t think of how the food you leave at drop offs get to us. They get to us by tireless volunteers. Thank you so much to Warren, Barb, and Scott who pick up food for us at the Ridge Culver Fire Dept, Pinegrove Senior Center, and the Irondequoit Library.
In addition, thank you so much to Cherie Evans and Diane McHale-Mix who take care of our recycling and garbage every week.
Thank you so much to Irondequoit Lawn and Landscape who take care of our lawn and landscape.
Thank you so much to John Villeneuve who donated his time and resources by re-enforcing all of our shelves that have become weakened over time saving us a TON of money so we didn’t have to purchase new shelving.
Our annual newsletter is running late this year as we have been trying to find a printing company to print them out for us. We are also updating our whole town mailing list which hasn’t been an easy task either. Look for it soon!
We at ICC hope thank all of you for your continued support and we wish a safe and happy Memorial Day.
Debbie Evans; President
Sue Reynolds, Vice-President
John Kane, Treasurer
MaryJo Toepfer, Secretary
Cherie Evans, Board Member
Cherie Sutton, Board Member
John Cortinas, Board Member
Lisa Loeser, Board Member
Here is our overdue list of thank yous. We are SO
grateful to live in such a generous community that has always been
gracious in their support.We would also like to send a special thank you
to Don and Nancy Story who each and every week bring us in donations
that are always on our Top 10 list. I am blown away by their kindness.
They never want any thanks but we are so grateful to them. That being
said, every donation matters- Every dollar, can, bag and box of food
“Helps us Help others” in our community. Thank you thank you thank you!
Thank you so much to the following people, organizations, churches, schools and businesses: (unless otherwise noted pounds relate to food)
Anonymous donations at Ridge-Culver Fire Dept 331 pounds
Anonymous donations at the Irondequoit Library 285 pounds
Anonymous donors 10 pounds
Irondequoit Lions Club 31 pounds and $ from their annual rose sale
Durand United Church of Christ 71 pounds
Paula Beaver 33 pounds
Pam Rossi 7 pounds
Susan and Mary Kaye 16 pounds
Troop 60911 49 pounds
Jaurel Mroczek 174 pounds
Paul Illingworth 108 pounds
Irondequoit Post Office Drive 594 pounds
Don and Nancy Story 321 pounds
St Johns Lutheran Church 27 pounds
Helen and Maryrose Galante 7 pounds
Ms Reedy 32 pounds
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection 26 pounds
St Josephat Sunday School 162 pounds
St Kateri 149 pounds
West Irondequoit Teachers Association 136 pounds
Briarwood 19 pounds
Pat Helfer 6 pounds
Geva Theater 100+ pounds of kid friendly foods
Town Hall 14 pounds
Irondequoit United Church of Christ 54 pounds
Helendale Road Elementary 36 pounds
Stephanie Kanis 33 pounds
Briarwood 24 pounds
Daniel Johnson 77 pounds
Temple Emanuel 70 pounds
IHS Service Club 22 pounds of hygiene products plus time on 2 Saturdays to perform clean up tasks around ICC
Iroquois Middle School 6 pounds
Irondequoit Senior Center 19 pounds
Callene Hummel 4 pounds
Northridge Medical 15 pounds