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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.

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.”

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"
(May 2016)

Dear Friends,

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.

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)

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

TOP TEN LIST

Canned fruit (no syrup)
Canned meals (stew, chili, hash)
Baked beans and pork and beans
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, low fat salad dressing)
Jelly (grape and strawberry) regular size jars
Pasta and rice side dishes
Cereal
Oatmeal and grits
Toothpaste
Deodorant

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.
 

 
ITEMS FOR BACKPACK PROGRAM
Every Friday we include items for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 snacks, 1 juice box, and 1 milk

Canned pasta meals
Canned tuna
Jif to go peanut butter
Instant oatmeal
Nutrigrain bars
100% juice boxes
Shelf stable milk
Healthy snacks
Chicken noodle soup
Carnation breakfast drink


*keep in mind we go thru 137 of these every week.
*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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