Food Program

Program Vision: Everyone has access to healthy, nutritious food.

Food Program, Summer Meals and more…

  • The food program provides bags of nutritious groceries to households in Schenectady County.
  • Summer meals program ensures children have nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the summer months.
  • Other support services include assistance with SNAP, health insurance, nutrition education, and employment information. Special programs include Senior Connect and Sit & Knit.
  • A community garden is available to help residents grow fresh, healthy food.

SiCM Mission: Relating the resources of the congregations to the needs of the community.

Food Pantry

  • Bags of nutritious groceries available to residents in Schenectady County
  • Open year-round Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays
  • Call Pantry for eligibility requirements
  • Van rides home are available to guests
  • Mass distribution of groceries is the last Thursday of each month

Support Services

  • On-site help with Food Stamp/SNAP applications.
  • Information on health insurance, employment resources are available at Food Pantry.
  • Sit & Knit Program. Guests and volunteers knit together; program introduces guests to the food programs.
  • Senior Connect Program. Introduces seniors to the food programs and provides activities that encourage healthy food and lifestyles.

Community Garden

Community Garden

  • Residents have access to a local community garden.
  • 18 residents participate in the garden.
  • Purpose is to help residents have fresh, healthy food.
  • Community and faith-based organizations/congregations and individuals may volunteer to assist gardeners.
  • Garden is open from April through November

Summer Meals Program

Summer Meals Program

  • Breakfasts and lunches served throughout the summer time in Schenectady and Scotia.
  • Supplemental activities available at sites, such as books, arts & crafts, etc.
  • Volunteer teams still needed to serve meals.
  • Summer meals schedule coming soon!

Staff Training
• Applications must be submitted to Jo-Anne Rafalik, Director, prior to the training.
• Attendance is mandatory for one of the two trainings.
Dates: May 29, 10 to 11:30 am
            June 5, 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: St. Luke’s Parish Center 1241 State Street

Volunteer Training
• All volunteers need to complete the training. Group leaders (or a representative from that group) need to attend the actual training listed.
• All other members of the group will be able to complete the training online, returning the completed volunteer form to the SICM Office.
• Any individuals volunteering should attend the actual training.
• The on-line training will be available after May 29th.
Date of Training: Wednesday, May 29, 6pm to 7:30pm
Location: Schenectady Main Library McChesney Room, Clinton Street

Funding provided in part by:

NYS HPNAP

Other Supporters

Regional Food Bank Concerned for Hungry Post Office Food Drive Annual SiCM Fund-raisers (Soup’er Bowl Harvest for the Food Program) Individual Donors Congregations And others