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.
  • SiCM has partnered with Schenectady Urban Farms 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 Mondays 9-11:30 AM, Wednesdays 9-11:30 AM, Thursdays 9-11AM, and Fridays from 9-11:30AM
  • Photo ID, face mask, and proof of residency required
  • Call for information 518-346-4445
  • 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.

Host a Food Drive for SiCM

Contact Laura to host a food drive by emailing her at for more information or dialing 518-374-2683 x 103.

Schenectady Urban Farms

Schenectady Urban Farm

  • Lowering barriers to fresh food access while building a healthy, resilient and diverse community in Schenectady.
  • Farmers oversee three diversified city farms and together with Member/Farmers and Volunteers grow vegetables, herbs and flowers and raise small livestock. Our Community Orchard grows fruit and nut trees among native pollinator plants.
  • Members work the farms together, guided by our Farmers on staff who oversee the work through the year and share in the tasks of planning, planting, growing and tending vegetables, flowers and livestock. Members share in the farm harvest, according to their needs. Farms operate year-round.
  • SUF offers programs for youth and adults in collaboration with other organizations and share the food we grow through these programs.
  • SUF practice and promote growing foods organically, building healthy soils and supporting pollinators. They grow foods that are part of the rich agricultural heritage of many different peoples and in the process make new friends and learn about new foods. It is both joyful and delicious work!
  • The cost for membership is $25 per year and two hours work, average, weekly at the farm or on farm-related tasks. Scholarships are available and no one is turned away based on inability to pay.
  • We work in community and do not offer individual plots.

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.
  • Take a look at the summer meals schedule!

Funding provided in part by:


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

Photo of volunteer in rubber gloves and cloth mask putting cans of food in boxes at food pantry.

Check the volunteer schedule to sign up or call Laura at 518-374-2683 ext. 103 or send an email to to help us in the pantry.