Food Cupboard is a program of Jewish Family Service of Rochester in cooperation
with, The Brighton Central School District, Foodlink and other community
organizations and volunteers. Food insecurity goes hand in hand with other
issues, as many are just a paycheck away from hunger.
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about the Brighton Food Cupboard.
The Brighton Food Cupboard is committed to the prevention and reduction
of hunger and food insecurity for individuals and families living in Brighton
and surrounding communities through the provision of whole person, client
centered case management services.
How the Brighton Food Cupboard Works
The Brighton Food Cupboard follows a case management model.
The model provides for client confidentiality as the clients do not
come to the food cupboard, their case manager shops for them and delivers
the food to their home.
Individuals in the community who are in need of food should call,
(585) 271-5355 and ask to speak with the case manager.
The case manager will arrange to meet with the individual and provide
Contacting the Brighton Food Cupboard
For questions or to begin receiving services from the Brighton Food Cupboard, call (585) 271-5355 and ask to speak with the Case Manager.
Hours of operation are:
Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Volunteering at the Brighton Food Cupboard
Volunteers are vital to the Brighton
Food Cupboard success. There are many volunteer opportunities available:
Driver - Delivery
BFC drivers deliver food to clients once or twice per month. Clients do not come to BFC to receive their food. Either BFC staff or one of our volunteer drivers delivers the food to the client’s home. This is a very rewarding volunteer position and vital to BFC and its clients.
Driver – Food Donation Pick-up
BFC Drivers are needed to pick-up food from community collection bins on an ongoing basis. We are fortunate to have local churches, synagogues, businesses and schools, who have graciously agreed to have a BFC food donation bin at their location.
Stocking and Sorting
Volunteers are needed to unpack food delivered to the BFC, sort food, stock the shelves, rotate items by expiration date and repackage bulk food into small packages.
Volunteers have the opportunity to shop for our clients. Clients share their list with Volunteers, who then shop for the client based on the items available at BFC. Once the food is gathered the volunteer will bag or box the items for delivery to the client. Administrative
Administrative volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including answering the phone, data entry and filing. Farmer’s Market
BFC has a booth at the Brighton Farm Market located at Brighton High School on Sundays. Volunteers are needed weekly to staff the booth, act as BFC community ambassador and receive donated food items.
To volunteer, please call the JFS at (585) 461-0110
Print our volunteer application
The Brighton Food Cupboard is in need of donations year round. Keep in mind that the Brighton Food Cupboard serves 40-50 families per week, representing 500 individuals per month. Items should be standard packaging, not bulk or large containers. Items in highest need:
- Peanut Butter
- Beans (Pinto, Navy, Chili, Black)
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Vegetables
- Pasta Sauce, Canned Tomatoes
- Canned or Boxed Juice
- Evaporated, Powder and Condensed Milk
- Healthy snacks (Granola Bars, Crackers, etc)
- Personal Hygiene Items: body soap, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deoderant, shampoo and conditioner, feminine hygiene
- Household Items: laundry and dish detergent, sponges, dish towels
- Paper products: facial tissues, toilet paper and paper towels
- Baby Items: formula, diapers, baby food and wipes
We are located at 220 Idlewood Road, Rochester, NY 14618. Non perishable items can be dropped off 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on school days. Please drop off any perishable items during our open hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9-2, Wednesday 9-12 and Thursday 9-4.
Non-perishable donations can also be dropped off Monday - Friday between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon at 2035 Monroe Avenue (Brighton Central School District Administrative Building) OR at the Brighton Farm Market.
Brighton Food Cupboard sincerely appreciates your generous donations. Every donation you make helps to feed a neighbor, a family, a community!
The Stock-A-Shelf Program
is an opportunity for our community to help the Brighton Food Cupboard
meet the needs of individuals and families who are facing hunger and food insecurity. Next year, we are estimating a need of 48,000 pounds of canned and packaged foods to support those in need.
Please help us meet this goal by participating in the Stock–A–Shelf Program
. Anyone can participate - churches, synagogues, businesses, schools, scouts, or any group of enthusiastic people can conduct a food drive and “stock a shelf”.
It takes local involvement to solve a local problem. Your support for our food drives is critical to the ongoing mission of the Brighton Food Cupboard.
for information about how you can “stock a shelf” and feed our community!
Hunger and Poverty Statistics
In 2010, the federal poverty line for a family of four is $22,050.
42.2 percent of households have incomes below the official poverty
According to a new government analysis one in six older Americans
live below the federal poverty line.
37.2 percent of households with children are headed by a single mother,
and 27.6 percent are headed by a single father.
In 2008, 22.1 million (11.7 percent) people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
In 2008, 14 million (19 percent ) children under the age of 18 were
In 2008, 3.6 million (9.7 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
49.1 million people lived in food insecure households in 2008, including
32.4 million adults and 16.7 million children.
17.3 million people lived in households that were considered to have
very low food security, up from 11.9 million in 2007 and 8.5 million in
Of these individuals, 12.1 million adults and 5.2 million children
lived in households with very low food security.
In about 8,335,000 households with children (21 percent) lived with
low or very low food security, up from 15.8 percent in 2007.
Foodlink Data - Hunger in America 2010
36% of clients served by Foodlink are children under the age of 18;
5% are elderly.
26% of client households include at least one employed adult.
82% of client households have incomes below the federal poverty level.
30% of client households report having at least one member in poor
health. 23% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying
for medicine or medical care.
50% of clients are White; 37% are Black; 11% are Hispanic; 2% are
from other racial groups.
Jewish Community Federation - Count Me In Survey 2010
1000 individuals in the Rochester Jewish Community live at or near
the poverty level
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