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 serve families and individuals in need that reside in the Town of
Irondequoit, by providing emergency assistance without bias or prejudice.
"Letter from the President"
October 22, 2013
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It seems like over the past few years we have become busier and busier at the ICC and this past month has been no exception. In addition, our summer was ridiculous; our numbers increased more than any other summer that I can remember. Our shelves are very low and we are need of a great number of things. While we are beginning to see some food drives and donations come in, we are far behind where we were at this same time last year. (See Top 10 List below)
Our numbers continue to increase even though everyone says, “the recession is over.” Beginning November 1st, residents who receive food stamps will see about a 20% reduction in their food stamps. Think about it, have your bills decreased? Any of them? For the people who are coming to see us; our friends and neighbors, things are not better yet. So many of them are already concerned about the heating bills that will be coming, the high cost of gas, the increase in prices at the grocery store and for some people, access to healthy, fresh, foods now that our gardening season has ended and the Irondequoit Public Market season is coming to a close.
While we continue to see rising numbers of residents in need, we are also making sure that our weekend backpack program is going strong. Currently we are distributing 86 bags a week to 4 Irondequoit elementary schools. For those of you who do not know, our backpacks consist of food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 milk, 1 juice, 1 or 2 fresh produce items and at least 2 healthy snacks. We are able to continue this and several other programs because of the great residents, businesses, organizations, and clubs that are in Irondequoit!
We live in an amazing community, one I have been so proud to call home for the last 25 years, and I know you will continue to “help us help others.”
Listed below are some upcoming dates and events that I would like to make you aware of:
· Holiday signups October 1st thru November 9th Thanksgiving and thru November 16th for our Special Santa program
· November 15th thru 17th 'Community Days' Fundraiser, at 'McNeill's Public House 5324 St Paul Blvd. More details will follow as there will be several events for several different community charities
· November 19th Thanksgiving distribution for seniors and adults with disabilities. *must have already applied in person
· November 23rd Thanksgiving distribution for all other households *must have already signed up in person*
•November 25th A Holiday Cigar Smoker @630 pm at LaSalles -1300 Empire Blvd. There will be a band, steak dinner; open bar, fine cigars…call 415-7632 for more details.
· December 14th All donations for Special Santas and Food baskets are due
· December 16th from 6-8pm Distribution for households that do not have a senior or adult with disability as the head of household *must have already signed up in person*
· December 17th from 930am to 1130am Distribution for seniors and adults with disabilities
I hope all of these events will be a great success! I would also like to thank a few groups who were kind enough to host food drives during Hunger Awareness month (in September) for us.
Dake Junior HIgh donated 322 pounds of food and toiletries during September!
Ivan Green did a school wide drive as well and donated 280 pounds of food to us. They made it into a school wide contest with the classroom donating the most receiving a pizza party! In Kendra Vavrina's kindergarten class, One of her students, Grace Dox, brought in 28 items from a neighborhood collection she did over the summer!
Belcoda Drive Block Party-donated 142 pounds of food!!
St Paul Firemans Exempt made ICC one of their annual charities and donated $840 that will be put to good use.
The Hampton Inn had an open house in which bags of donations were brought to ICC
Weight Watchers of Irondequoit donated many bags and boxes of food as well!
This is NOT to diminish all of the good work and generosity that has occurred throughout the town by every day residents who have been dropping by with items from our Top 10 List or who have been making donations at one of our area drop off points, thank you thank you thank you!!
We have a lot of work to do, this is going to be a difficult season for many and the holidays are right around the corner. In fact, we have already begun the signups for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you know anyone who will be in need of assistance for these holidays, PLEASE give them our number. (336-9107) All sign ups are in person on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 930am to 1115am. Every adult in the household must bring a current piece of mail to confirm their residency and I am sorry but there can be no exceptions.
Thank you so much for all that you do to “help us help others” in our community!
Debbie Evans, President
Sue Reynolds, Vice-President
John Kane, Treasurer
Diane McHale Mix, Secretary
Cherie Evans, Board Member
Rev. Sarah Culp, Board Member
MaryJo Toepfer, Board Member
Anne Johnson, Board Member
John Cortinas, Board Member