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Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


SWEM (Southwest Ecumenical Ministries) Community Services

350 Chili Ave.
Rochester, NY 14611-2569
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. We provide emergency food bags through requests to a telephone Help-Line 585-235-4491 staffed by our office manager and volunteers. We also deliver monthly food bags to Senior clients with limited finances. Client Choice program allows clients to shop in the cupboard. Foodlink Mobile Pantry stops to distribute fresh produce one day per month (TBD). The last program is distribution of Christmas dinner baskets to those in need. All the work of SWEM is carried out by volunteers!

Wish List:
  • non perishable 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:
  • People to help in obtaining food, packing, and distribution. Usually every Thursday, certain Fridays and Saturdays @ 9 am to 10:30 am.
  • People to answer the Help-Line requests for emergency food especially in November and December. Times are flexible, training is given, and the calls can be forwarded to your home.
  • 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 5/4/21. (Details added.)

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