After two decades in the Old Pickle Factory, the Pittsford Food Cupboard moved to a new location earlier this year.
There were several requirements for the new space: enough square footage for food storage, access to a bus route, handicapped-accessibility for clients and reasonable rent.
Daniel Traina, executive director, found a location at 3800 Monroe Ave, Suite 26.
The Food Cupboard serves clients from eight ZIP codes, including Pittsford, East Rochester, Mendon, Honeoye Falls, Brighton, Monroe Avenue and the South Wedge. It differs from other programs by allowing customers to select items from the shelves, following guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It also offers fresh produce, bread, frozen meats and dairy products.
Foodlink has partnered with the Food Cupboard for 15 years, providing food at a discounted rate. Wegmans is another major donor.
The Pittsford Food Cupboard is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as the first and third Saturdays of the month. On average, the Food Cupboard provides food for about 300 families each month.
The nonprofit has two part-time staff. In addition to Traina, Claire Zaepfel serves as volunteer coordinator and runs the daily operations. Traina and Zaepfel are supported by about 100 volunteers that donate their time as interviewers, food assistants, restockers, set-up and backroom managers.
Call (585) 264-9860 for information.