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Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


SWEM (Southwest Ecumenical Ministries) Community Services

1049 Wegman Road
Gates Presbytrian Church
Rochester , NY 14624
Phone: 585-235-4494
Contact: Linda M. Stundtner

Office hours: Monday through Friday 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

SWEM is a community food cupboard serving the southwest region of Rochester/Monroe County. Provides emergency food bags through requests to a telephone Help-Line 585-235-4491. Delivers monthly food bags to senior clients with limited finances. Client Choice program allows clients to shop in the cupboard. Provides Christmas dinner baskets to those in need. All work is carried out by volunteers!

Wish List:
  • nonperishable food donations are always needed
  • cat and dog food (some clients have pets)
  • paper bags (regular brown grocery bags) to pack groceries for distribution
  • volunteers

Volunteers Needed:
  • One or two people to unload large orders of food deliveries. One or twice a month, on Mondays between 8 and 12. (Requires about one hour.)
  • People to help in obtaining food, packing, and distribution. Usually the first Wednesday of the month, every Thursday, certain Fridays and Saturdays (9 am to 10:30 am).
  • Especially needed: drivers the third Saturday morning of the month to deliver food to our senior clients.
  • Someone to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmer's Market, third Wednesday or Thursday to be included in food bags for seniors. Will be reimbursed. Anyone who enjoys the downtown public market or farmers' markets might find this a wonderful volunteer opportunity.

Information reviewed by agency 6/15/23. (Address Change.)