Food Cupboard

The Food Cupboard at Third Presbyterian Church has been providing food for families in its neighborhood for many years.

  • About
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Donations
  • Contacts
  • FAQ

About The Food Cupboard at Third

The Food Cupboard began as a modest response to neighbors asking for help with basic food needs and in 1997 evolved into a full Emergency Food Cupboard affiliated with Foodlink. Food Cupboard and Dining Room Ministry are the cornerstones of TPC's Hunger Ministries. Every Monday and Thursday mornings 3 or 4 volunteers prepare bags of emergency grocery items and welcome between 25 and 40 guests with coffee and a caring environment. In addition to basic food items, clients "shop" for bread, milk, yogurt, meat, and fresh fruit and vegetables.


  • When: Monday and Thursdays 9:15 - 11:45 AM
  • Where: Third Presbyterian Church Celebration Center(signs posted on Meigs St.)
  • Details: Serves individuals and families who live in 14604, 14607, 14620 zip codes.
  • Frequency: Once a month (with identification needed each visit)

How to Volunteer

Food Cupboard is heavily dependent on volunteers to maintain such a vibrant operation. About 60 individuals have committed to the following opportunities:

Would you like to help?

  • Sundays - 2 or 3 individuals or families stock the working shelves
  • Monday and Thursdays - 3 or 4 volunteers arrive before 8:45AM, prepare bags & greet clients until 11:45AM.
    Many substitutes are important to support the volunteers.
  • Tuesdays - 1 or 2 volunteers again stock the working shelves.
  • Wednesdays - 1 or 2 volunteers organize the storeroom & put away new food from Foodlink or the congregation
  • Shoppers - several volunteers buy food as needed from Wegmans, Aldi, Walmart
  • Drivers - every Tuesday a volunteer with a van or other larger vehicle picks up a large order from Foodlink

Volunteers as listed above are always welcomed.

Would you like to Donate Something?

Your food donations are needed and appreciated:

  • cereal - large boxes
  • dry pasta - 1 lb pkg
  • pasta sauce - 24 oz cans
  • peanut butter - 18 oz
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • canned chicken or tuna
  • soups - any variety
  • toilet paper and wrapped bar soap

Food donation bins are located near the church office and sanctuary/chapel entrances.

For more information, please contact:

Kay Ramsay: Program Chair

Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106

Food Cupboard Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Kay Ramsay: Food Cupboard Chair person

Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106


Food Cupboard - FAQ

FAQ By clients:

Q. How often may I visit your Food Cupboard?

A. Clients may visit once a month or every 4 weeks.

Q. What ID do I need?

A. Clients provide a picture ID: either a benefit card or NYS Driver's or Non Driver' License.

Q. Do I need proof of address?

A. A recent piece of mail with your current address is preferred.

Q. What if I don't live in 14604, 07, or 20?

A. Our food cupboard can help you one time and will provide a list of food cupboards which serve your area.

FAQ By volunteers

Q. Can I visit the Food Cupboard on Mon/Thurs or other days to see what is required?

A. Yes, please call Kay Ramsay (544-9022) or Carol Coons (227-5953 )to set up a visit.

Q. What training will I receive?

A. All new volunteers receive an overview of Food Cupboard and Foodlink and a thorough orientation and training.

Q. How often would I volunteer?

A. Mon/Thurs volunteers work 1X/month.
    Sunday stockers work about 2X every 3 months.
   Tuesday stockers work about 1X every month.