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.

Mission Statement

“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 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"
(August 2016)

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Before I get into the body of my newsletter, I need to know how many of my regular volunteers will be continuing to volunteer from September thru December. I also need to know if my regular backpack people will be continuing this school year.

Now that that is out of the way, Man it is HOT outside!! I am not complaining, mind you because I know what is right around the corner. Speaking of what is right around the corner; our Annual Back to School Supply Night. If you or anyone you know, who lives in Irondequoit, is in need of our assistance, please have them call us as soon as possible so they can sign up. Our distribution night for this event is Tuesday August 23rd from 5-7pm.

Summers are a very difficult time for us, and probably most food pantries. The number of people utilizing our services greatly increases while our donations go down. This July we had our highest number on record for the month of July. Families who receive SNAP benefits (food stamps) do not see an increase in the summer when kids are out of school. Many of these same families rely on the meals they receive in school during the school year. East Irondequoit has an awesome program for FREE breakfast and lunch meals for ANYONE who is 18 or under. (No residency requirements) If you know someone who would benefit from this program, have them contact either the school district or myself for information.

We update our Facebook page regularly so it is a good way to see photos and stay informed about the happenings at ICC: https://www.facebook.com/Irondequoit-Community-Cupboard-Inc-180196068672489/

Our garden at the Vineyard has been amazing. I am constantly reminded of how ours must be THE best garden in the county because we hear all the time, from both our clients and the volunteers, that it is amazing. Thank you is not enough to the Vineyard, Irondequoit Lawn and Landscape and our fabulous volunteers; we are truly grateful to be able to offer such fine produce and herbs all summer long.

Thank you so much to those of you who planted a row in your own garden for ICC. Thank you also, to those of you who share your extra produce with us; it does not go to waste!

Thank you so much to those of you who have made donations through your United Way programs annual appeal and through our annual newsletter fund drive. We are grateful and humbled by your continued support. Monetary donations allow us to continue the programs that “Help us Help others” in our community. We NEED your donations to be able to provide food for our weekend backpack program, to purchase supplies for our back to school supply night, to purchase food for our holiday programs and of course to make healthy purchases for our weekly food assistance.

This week I was shopping at one of our local grocery stores and a woman approached me calling me by name. I did not immediately recognize her but within a minute she was giving me a hug and thanking me for all of the support we provided her and her children in the past. She had been a woman who fled an abusive marriage and struggled to provide for her family. She was homeless for a while and was able to move around staying with friends. Our programs “helped her through some of the most difficult times in her life.” She was able to go back to school and now has a great job. She lives in another town now and had always wanted to thank us but said she just never knew how. She wrote me a check and gave me another hug; so thank YOU all for your continued support. It’s because of you that we were able to help her. J

I hope that you all enjoy the rest of your summer and on behalf of my board, we thank you for everything. Here is a list of people we would love to thank for their donations that were dropped off: (not in alphabetical order)

Patti Aman food
Mr. Illingworth food
Troop 60933 Girl Scout cookies
Transfiguration Lutheran Church food
Rosemary Kelly food
Roides family food
Paula Beaver food
Liz Santa Maria food
Michelle Crary food
John and Jan Kaufmann garden
Durand United Church of Christ food
Don and Nancy Story food
Anonymous@Ridge Culver FD food and taxable
Summerville Presbyterian food and school supplies
Farmers Market Donation garden
Kate Trapani food
Northridge Medical food
Anthony Mastrella food and taxable
Irondequoit United Church of Christ food
St Kateri food
Anonymous@ Iron Public Library food and taxable

Thank you all so much.  Sincerely,

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! J

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

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Thank you for your generosity.

United Way (Designee Number 2466)

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


Canned spinach and beets
Canned pears and pineapple (no sugar please)
Dish soap
Laundry detergent
Paper towels
Dog and cat food
Brown rice and flavored rice side dishes
Mashed potatoes and scalloped potatoes

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.

Pocket folders with brads
1 subject spiral notebook
3 subject spiral notebook
Pencil cases
Pencil pouches
Glue sticks
3 ring binders (hard sided only)
Index cards
Thin Crayola markers
Fat Crayola markers

*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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