The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word
597 East Avenue
Rochester, N.Y. 14607
(585) 244-6065
Fax (585) 244-5480


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 Community Food Cupboard


253 N. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14605
Mailing address: P.O. Box 31625, Rochester, NY 14603
Phone: (585) 325-4990
Contact: Ed Ristau

Link to Food Bank with list of needed items.

We are a not-for-profit agency that seeks to provide food to families when they temporarily cannot provide an adequate diet by their own means or through public assistance. Serves ZIP codes 14604, 14605, 14609, 14617, 14621, and 14622.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Contact:  John Matteson, Tel. 671-0806, Email: jmatteson@rochester.rr.com

Population Served: People in need of food in Northeast Rochester.

Special Skills/Talents: Supply food to persons referred to it by church or Urban League on a one-time basis. Provide 1 week’s supply of food to 160 families per month.

Goals/Dreams: Continue ministry which has been in place since 1979.

Volunteers Needed:  

Drivers to transport food donations from IW to Community Food Cupboard.

Packagers to package food donations into 1-week family sized portions.

Resources Needed:

Financial support – budget of $36,000/year.



  • Non-perishable food items
  • Cash donations, for purchase of food and for operating expenses of the Cupboard
  • Dental hygiene items (e.g., toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.) 
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Personal hygiene products


Grocery-Store items

  • baked beans
  • canned fruit: regular and low-sugar
  • canned meats, hash, and stew
  • canned puddings
  • cereal: hot or cold
  • chunky soup
  • gelatin: regular and sugar-free
  • jams and jellies
  • mac and cheese
  • milk: canned or dried
  • pasta
  • peanut butter
  • potatoes, rice
  • soap powder
  • soup, canned
  • toilet paper
  • tuna fish
  • vegetables, canned: regular and low-sodium

Items to be donated may be brought to the church anytime. Weekly these items are taken to the Community Food Bank.

You can check the Food Bank webpage for a complete list of needed items.