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 (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.


Sch'dy Inner City Ministry (SICM)
839 Albany St.
Schenectady, NY 12307
Pantry: 346-4445, 346-4035
Contact: Shennan Jarboe
For any Sch'dy County resident needing
food. Open M-W-Th-F, 9:00 am -11:30am
Mass Distribution the last Thursday
of each month. 8:30 to 11:30
ID’s required for every family member each
*once per month*
Salvation Army
222 Lafayette Street
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, NY,12307
Phone: 374-7873

Open last two 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 *approx. 6 times/year*
Tuesdays, 5:30 -7:00pm
Thursdays, 9:00-11:00am
St. Luke’s Food Pantry
1243 State St. 347-1385
Schenectady, NY 12304
Phone: 347-1385
Must make appointment by calling
by 11:00am for that day.
Lighthouse Food Pantry
Evangelical Church of America
4780 Duanesburg Rd (5.4 miles from 5 corners)
Princetown, NY, 12056
Phone: 355-2277
Wed. Thur. Fri. 4 – 6 PM
State Street Food Pantry
State Street Presbyterian Church
3 Catherine St.
Schenectady, NY, 12307
Phone: 374-2684
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
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, QuakerStreet, 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.
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
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
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
Phone: (518) 372-1992 SICM
Third Sunday of every month

This 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 programs change). Rev 9/14

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