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SICM Programs: The Emergency Food Pantry

The Emergency Food Program, led by Shennan Jarboe, is located at 839 Albany Street, where it relocated in April 2007 from its former space in the First United Methodist Church food pantry(thank you, FUMC!).

The SICM Emergency Food Pantry is for any Schenectady County resident needing food. The Pantry is open M-W-Th-F, 9:00 am -11:30am.  Mass Distribution is the last Thursday of each month, from 8:30 to 11:30am. ID’s are required for every family member for each visit (limited to once per month).

In 2014, the pantry served 50,119 individuals, including 18,739 children.  A total of 451,071 meals were served in 2014.

The numbers show the undisclosed level of need for temporary and emergency food, given the nature of the economy, government realities, and individual situations.

The Nutrition Education and Outreach Program (started by SICM, transitioned to Catholic Charities) is located at the building, offering pre-screening and help with Food Stamp applications.
The building allows for additional offerings of “wraparound” services, including nutritionists from Cornell Cooperative Extension, tax preparation, flu shots, voter registration, and lead testing.

Mass Distribution: The SICM Food Pantry started Mass Distribution in May of 2008, through the Regional Food Bank. On the last Thursday of each month, the RFB delivers 12 pallets of “hard to move items,”
especially produce that they don’t want to spoil, as well as yogurt, cottage cheese, juice and bread. Each person is given a box and proceeds to each pallet and is given enough of every item according to their family size. The items change each month and this does not count against the person’s regular pantry visit of once per month. The food pantry is not open for regular business on that day and NO transportation is provided.

Where you can get food or a meal: See the chart below or download PDF Food Resources .


SICM is committed to addressing the issue of food insecurity in Schenectady.  Food insecurity occurs when an individual or a family is frequently unsure how they are going to obtain their next meal.  We have partnered with Ellis Medicine, SCAP, Schenectady County Public Health, the Schenectady Foundation, and the City Mission to address ways to reduce food insecurity in Schenectady.  One result of this effort is an interactive map of Schenectady County (sicmfood.com) showing the location of the wide array of available food sources.  This map is intended to be a resource, for low income residents in particular, that identifies these available food resources (e.g., grocers, food pantries, vendors who accept SNAP benefits).

This interactive map includes SICM’s 2015 Summer Lunch sites (fixed and mobile stops), as well as current (as of May 2015) SNAP vendor locations in the County. 

Instructions:  The map includes a number of resource categories; there is a box labeled for each resource category at the top of the map.  Choose one or several of the categories and then click on the “RUN QUERY” box.  The map will respond by showing the total number of that type of resource in the County.  Clicking on “OK” will then display icons located on the County map according to the address of each resource.  Clicking on an icon will bring up descriptive information about that resource – name, address, phone number, days/hours of operation and other information as available.  There is also a “ZIP” box at the top of the map that allows the query to be restricted to a particular zip code.  (Note: you have to ‘unclick” the previous category before selecting a new one.)    

All resources that accept SNAP benefits are either included in the “SNAP vendors” category or have an asterisk after their name in the descriptive information box. 

You may access the link for this interactive map via any device that has a browser and can link to the internet.  This includes PCs, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.  The link is:sicmfood.com . Please contact Jack Sweeney at SICM (jsweeney@sicm.us) with any questions.  If you want to speak with Jack, please include your phone number in your email.

Food Resources

(The following list was compiled by Schenectady Inner City Ministry from information available from other providers of either Food Pantries or Meal Sites. It was accurate with information made available to SICM; however, programs operate independently and are subject to change).  Rev. 12/9/ 2015

Food Pantries

Sch'dy Inner City Ministry (SICM)                
839 Albany St
Schenectady, NY  12307     
Pantry: 346-4445                                               
Contact:  Shelly Ford

For any Sch'dy County resident
Open M-W-Th-F, 9:00 am -11:30am
Mass Distribution the last Thursday of each month ( 8:30 to 11:30am)
ID’s required for every family member each visit *once per month*

Salvation Army
222 Lafayette St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: 346-0222

Tuesday,  9:30- 11:30 am 
Wednesday,  9:30- 11:30 am
Thursday,  9:30- 11:30 am  
* 5 times/year*
*10 times/year seniors*

Bethesda House Food Pantry
834-836 State St
Schenectady, NY12307
Phone: 374-7873

 Open 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays    9:30 – 11:30 am &
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Clients receive a punch card

Scotia-Glenville Pantry
First Baptist Church of Scotia
132 Mohawk Ave. (Rte. 5)
Scotia, NY 12302
Contact: Janice Cooper or Eileen Quick
Phone: 399-9426 / 377-2196

 Open to residents of Scotia & Glenville Only *One visit per month* 
Tuesdays,   5:30 -7:00pm 
Fridays, 9:00-11:00am  
ID’s required for every family member

St. Luke’s Food Pantry
1243 State St
Schenectady, NY 12304
Phone: 347-1385

Must call 347-1385to make appointment by 10 am
Open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Harmony Fellowship
888 Albany St.
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: 331-6243

Pantry open 2nd & 4th Thursday of month 3-5 pm
Coffee Shop open Tuesday-Friday 2-5pm

Lighthouse Food Pantry
Evangelical Church of America
4780  Duanesburg Rd
(5.4 miles from 5 corners)
Princetown, NY, 12056
Phone: 355-2277

Open Wed. Thur. Fri. 4 – 6 PM

State Street Food Pantry
State Street Presbyterian Church
5 Catherine St.
Schenectady, NY, 12307
Phone: 374-2684

Open Mon, Tues, Wed 1:00pm to 4pm
*6 times/year*

St. Paul the Apostle
St. Vincent de Paul Society
2777 Albany St. Schenectady, NY

Call for Reservation 377-8886

The Bridge Christian Church
735 Crane St. Schenectady, NY
Vicki Phone : 878-7221

Open Tues 3:30-6pm & Thurs 4-6 pm  
Only in emergency cases call for appointment
Trinity Baptist Church
2635 Balltown Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309 
First & Third Thursday 7pm-8pm
Please use Back Entrance of the Building

Braman Food Pantry
Route 30
Duanesburg, NY 12056
Phone: 868-2047

By appointment.
*no limits on visits*

Our Lady of Fatima Pantry
1735 Alexander Road
Delanson, NY 12053
Contact: Laura Countryman                                  
Phone: 895-2788

Duanesburg, Delanson, Quaker Street,
Esperance and  Mariaville  areas only.
By appointment Only.
*once per month*

The Gathered Remnant Ministry
1374-76 10th Ave. Sch’dy 12303
Contact: Rev. Cynthia VanAlstyne                       
Phone:  374-3487

 Food & Clothing pantry available the 3rd Tuesday and 4thThursday of the month from 1:00pm – 6:00pm.  Hot meal available 3rd & 4th Saturday of the month, 12:30pm – 3pm
Copying and faxing also available.  

Villa Fusco Food Pantry     
955 Balltown Road
Niskayuna NY 12309
Contact: Sr.Caroline
Phone: 377-1613

Open on the Third Saturday of every month, 12-2pm.
Please call on that Thursday/Friday prior to the 3rd  Saturday for an appointment.
Messiah Lutheran Bread of Life Food Pantry
2850 Guilderland Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12306
Judy Becker - 374-5104
Clients can visit once/month by referral only

Free Meals

Breakfast Program
Lunch Program
Salvation Army
222 Lafayette St
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: 346-0222

Mon. – Fri. 7:30 – 8:30
Mon. – Fri. 12 noon – 1:00 pm

Late Lunch/Early Supper                
Bethesda House
834-836 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: 374-7873              

Hot Meal Mon. - Fri., 3:00 pm

Breakfast Program
First United Methodist Church
603 State Street (Chapel Street entrance)
Schenectady, NY 12305
Contact:  Rev. Sara Baron
Phone: 374-4403

Sunday 8:30am to 9:30 am
(except for the first Sunday each month)

Emmanuel Friedens Church
218 Nott Terrace
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: 374-4114

Community Meals on the lAST Saturday of the Month: 10-11am

City Mission
512 Smith Street
Schenectady, NY
Phone: 346-2275 ext. 0

Dinner Mon - Fri, 5:45 PM, Sat. 3 PM
Bag Lunch, Sunday 3 – 3:30 PM
Sandwiches’ ALL Day at the 425 Hamilton Street Entrance

Neighborhood Meal 
Christ Church Episcopal
970 State St
Contact: Rev. Brad Jones
Phone: 374-3064

The LAST Sunday of each month.
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Holy Name of Jesus National Catholic Church
1040 Pearl Street
Schenectady, NY  12303

Third Sunday of every month
Phone:  (518) 372-1992     

Donations Need for
Emergency Food Pantry:

Toiletries & Feminine Hygiene Products

Razors and shaving cream
Hand lotion
Body Wash
Denture Cleaner
Sanitary napkins
Adult bladder pads
Adult bladder underwear

Baby Food & Cereal

Diapers (size 3 and above)
Pullups (any size)
Baby lotion and wash
Diaper wipes
Diaper rash ointment