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 residents who live in the Town of Irondequoit who are in need of
assistance without bias or 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
We advocate for and reach out to those in need and influence public policy so that every person in our community has the necessary support and resources to enhance nutrition, health and welfare.”
"Letter from the President"
Things at the Irondequoit Community Cupboard are finally settling down from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Over the holidays, we received so many donations that we are just now able to tell you the cumulative amount. Are you ready for this? In addition to providing items for our holiday baskets and in addition to you becoming “Special Santa’s” to so many Irondequoit families, you have donated 8,313 pounds of food!!! YES, that is over 4 tons of food donations given to us during the holidays!
That being said, we need it. Not including our weekend backpack program, from January 2013 to January 2014 we saw a 18% increase in the number of households served. In January alone we provided enough food for 5,880 meals. Our backpack program provides 1,600 meals a month, 800 drinks per month and 1,600 snacks to the 104 children currently participating in our weekend backpack program costing about $200 a child per school year.
We continue to apply for grants to be able to support all of the programs that we have started. As costs continue to climb and our numbers continue to grow, I am always looking at ways to stretch our monetary donations. I am very excited to say that we were nominated for, and just awarded, a $500 grant from Staples to apply towards our annual Back to School night. Thank you Staples!
United Way will be kicking off their annual campaign soon and we would be very grateful for your support. Our United Way designee number is 2466
We will once again be applying for the CDBG funding which is offered in communities of more than 50,000 residents. We will continue to apply for grants that are local and that benefit food programs, healthy food programs, children, the disabled and the elderly. If you know of any grants that would be beneficial to us, please let me know.
We continue to raise awareness of hunger in our community and the importance of healthy eating. I am very disappointed in the current Farm Bill that has been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate that will cut almost $9 billion to the SNAP program. Not thinking about the 1 in 7 households that are participating in the SNAP program and not thinking about how hunger affects health. http://newsone.com/2864151/congress-passes-farm-bill-cuts-food-stamps-by-8-7-billion/
Again, we couldn’t be prouder to be a part of such a wonderful community who gives back the way that you do. Did everyone happen to see the news about Durand Eastman school? Well, to kick off the Super Bowl weekend they held their own “souper bowl” which provided roughly 400 cans of soup to ICC! Helendale Road school also held a “souper bowl” but we haven’t had a chance yet to count their donations but we are so proud and grateful to all of you!
Thank you to Summerville Church youth group who donated a monetary donation and 398 pounds of food on Super Bowl Sunday!
April 1st is our annual meeting and It will be at our building beginning at 545pm. If anyone is interested in attending please let me know so that we can accommodate everyone in our limited space. We discuss the annual budget, officers, board members, and our yearly calendar.
Stay warm and safe during this yucky winter and again, thank you to ALL of you who have continued to “Help us Help others” within our community, we couldn’t do it without you.
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