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.

Where you can get food or a meal: download Food Resources or read it below:

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 STCM; however, programs operate independently and are subject to change).

Sch 'dy Inner City Ministry (SICM)
839 Albany St
Schenectady, NY 12307
Pantry 346-4445
Contact Shennan Jarboe
For any Sch'dy County resident
Open M-W-Th-F, 900 am -1130am
Mass Distribution the last Thursday of each month ( 830 to 1130am)
ID's required for every family member each
visit *once per month*
Salvation Army
222 Lafayette Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone 346-0222
Tuesday, 930- 11 :30 am
Wednesday, 9:30- 11 :30 am
Thursday, 9:30- 1130 am
* 5 times/year*
* 1 0 times/year seniors *
Bethesda House Food Pantry
834-836 State sr
Schenectady, NY12307
Phone 374-7873
Open last two Tuesdays 930 - 1130 am
100 - 300 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, 530 -700pm
Fridays, 900-11 :OOam
ID's required for every family member
St. Luke's Food Pantry
1243 State St
Schenectady, NY 12304
Phone 347-1385
Must call to make appointment by 10 am 347-1385
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 sr
Schenectady, NY, 12307
Phone: 374-2684
Open Mon, Tues, Wed 100pm to 4pm
*6 times/year*
St. Paul the Apostle
St. Vincent de Paul Society
2777 Albany si Schenectady, NY
Call for Reservation 377-8886
The Bridge Christian Church
735 Crane St Schenectady, NY
Vicki Phone: 878-7221
Trinity Baptist Church
2635 Ball town Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Open Mon-Fri 9-2 Tues & Thurs 4-6 pm Sat-Sun 10-12
Only in emergency cases call for appointment
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 loth 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 :OOpm - 600pm. Hot meal
available 3rd & 4th Saturday ofthe month, 1230pm - 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.

Free Meals

Breakfast/Lunch Program
Salvation Army
222 Lafayette St
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone 346-0222
Mon. -Tri. 7:30 - 830
Mon - Fri. Noon - 1 pm
Late Lunch/Early Supper
Bethesda House

834-836 State si
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone 374-7873
Hot Meal Mon. - Fri., 300 pm
Breakfast Program
First United Methodist Church

603 State Street (Chapel Street entrance) 12305
Contact: Rev Sara Baron, Phone: 374-4403
Sunday 830am to 930 am
Emmanuel Friedens Church

218 Nott Terrace
Schenectady\ 12307
Contact: Rev Peter J B Carman Phone: 374-4114
LAST Saturday of the month
Saturday 10-11 am
City Mission

512 Smith Street 12305
Phone 346-2275 ext 0
Dinner Mon - Fri, 545 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
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
Third Sunday of every month