SICM Day of Service Easter/Spring Bag Project

We are putting together “Easter/Spring Bags” for the children who use the
Emergency Food Pantry. We are looking for donations of items to fill the
bags! Please consider donating one or more of the following items:

♦ Small games, puzzles
♦ Sidewalk chalk
♦ Jump ropes
♦ Healthy snacks
♦ Coloring books, crayons
♦ Craft supplies
♦ 8” x 10” gift bags
♦ Small outdoor games

Please bring your items to the SICM Office at 1055 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady,
by Wednesday, March 4 (the earlier the better!). Questions? Contact Janet Mattis
at SICM at 374-2683 or
Thank you for your help!




Weather notice...

As the weather starts to shift, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on new procedures for pantry closures.  Please be aware that when Schenectady City Schools are CLOSED OR DELAYED the Food Pantry will also be CLOSED.  *Please note that this is a change in policy from years past, when the Pantry would remain open in the event of school delays.*  In the event that the weather seems questionable and schools are not closed, we ask you to look at the non-profit category of the school closing listings (on news stations or online) under Schenectady Inner City Ministry Food Pantry for closing-related updates that may not coincide with school closings, especially during school breaks.
We will also post any pantry closings on our Facebook page and the answering machine at the pantry (346-4445) will be updated by 7:30 am that day with any closing information.   Lastly, we would like to put together a volunteer email list to keep you all updated electronically.  If you are not yet on that email list, please let Shennan know (
Thank you all and Happy Holidays!

Souper Bowl Sunday

Many thanks to all who contributed to the Souper Bowl fundraiser.  There may have been some controversy with the last play of the Super Bowl, but there was nothing controversial about the outpouring of generosity from our community to help combat hunger in Schenectady!  We are still counting up the donations, but please know that there was overwhelming support for the SICM Food Pantry proven by all the filled Souper Bowl cans coming in. 

For those we serve in the community, we thank you!



SICM Community Service Award

Congratulations to the winners of the annual SICM Community Service Award!  Three individuals were recognized for going "above and beyond" in their service to SICM and their community.  Joanne Cogswell (Lynnwood Reformed Church) started her involvement with the Camp@Steinmetz by just “helping out.”  She quickly became an integral part of the daily activities at the camp, still helping out, but offering much more than help through her creativity, vision, and experience as a teacher.  James McFarland received the award for his service through the Sunday Breakfast Program at First United Methodist Church, which he created.  He is the Chief Cook, as well, and the Program serves 125-200 community members every Sunday.  Erwin Susich is a volunteer at the Food Pantry, and serves in any area that needs extra help, whether it's distributing food to the guests at the window, cleaning and organizing the warehouse, restocking shelves, sorting food, or acting as the doorman for mass distribution.

Thanks to these wonderful volunteers,
for sharing their time and talents with SICM and the community. 
Congratulations to all!

















Welcome to St. Joseph’s Place

    St. Joseph’s Place is a new initiative offered by St. Joseph’s Parish (Schenectady), and honoring Father Michael Hogan.  It provides space for mediation and hospitality to those living in neighboring Hamilton Hill, and is especially convenient for guests using the Emergency Food Pantry, located right next door. Sister Ann Christi and Sister Linda are available, along with volunteers, to lend an ear and offer a comfortable space for people.  Ashley Park is part of the St. Joseph Worker Program, and spends much of her time assisting at the pantry.

Stop by and say hello when you are in the area!