With revenues and assistance down and demand up, the cupboard is seeking help to fill holiday baskets.
The Irondequoit Community Cupboard has been seeing record numbers of people calling for assistance. The average household income for someone using the cupboard’s services is $8,400 — a year. Yet, said cupboard founder and president Debbie Evans, revenue is down.
“And, this year, in the middle of our budget year, we found out that Foodlink is now charging $300 a year to be a member,” Evans said. “They also decreased the utility grant we receive from them by more than half, and we just found out that we would not be receiving any (holiday) turkeys or the side dishes that we have come to rely on for our residents.”
The cupboard began its sign-ups for Thanksgiving and Christmas season baskets on Oct. 1.
“We anticipate that we will once again have an increase in the amount of people who need assistance, but our donations are down,” Evans said. “We need the community’s help.”
Particularly helpful would be donations of turkeys, roaster chickens or other items — like instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mixes, ingredients for green bean casserole, corn, yams, cranberry sauce, gravy, corn muffin mix, pie crust and fruit pie filling — for holiday baskets.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, make a check out to the cupboard and mail it to Evans at 156 Avondale Road, Irondequoit, NY 14622.
Bring donations to 4275 Culver Road between 9 and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or Saturdays.