SICM Food Pantry

The Emergency Food Program, led by Shennan Jarboe, is located at 839 Albafood pantryny Street, where it relocated from its former space in the First United Methodist Church (thank you, FUMC!).

The SICM Emergency Food Pantry is for any Schenectady County resident needing food.  The Pantry is open M-W-Th-F, 9:00am to 11:30am.  Mass Distribution is the last Thursday of each month, from 8:30am to 11:30am.  ID’s are required for every family member for each visit (limited to once per month).

In 2016, the pantry served 45,394, including 16,255 children.  A total of 408,546 meals were served in 2016.  The numbers show the undisclosed level of need for temporary and emergency food, given the nature of the economy, government realities, and individual situations.

Other Services 

The pantry offers several “wrap around” services.  The Nutrition Education and Outreach Program (started by SICM, transitioned to Catholic Charities) is located at the building, offering pre-screening and help with Food Stamp applications. Nutritionists from Cornell Cooperative Extension and elsewhere offer cooking/nutrition classes.  Experience Works, a training program for seniors, offers employment.

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables

2nd Thursday of the Month at 7:55am. Join us for a FREE nutrition workshop and recipe demonstration.  Each class features a different topic, recipe  and free gift! Class dates are:

December 8, 2016
January 12, 2017
February 9, 2017
March 9, 2017

*Dates subject to change.  For more information, please see Shelly Ford at the SICM Food Pantry.  All workshops located at the SICM Food Pantry, 839 Albany Street, Schenectady.  518-346-4445.
Visit for great recipe ideas!

Mass Distribution

The SICM Food Pantry started Mass Distribution with the Regional Food Bank.   On the last Thursday of each month, the RFB delivers 12 pallets of “hard to move items,” especially produce, as well as yogurt, cottage cheese, juice and bread. Each person is given a box and proceeds to each pallet and is given enough of every item according to their family size. The items change each month and this does not count against the person’s regular pantry visit of once per month. The food pantry is not open for regular business on that day and NO transportation is provided.

SICM Emergency Food Pantry
839 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
Food Pantry Phone: 346-4445 (during open hours only)
Food Pantry Fax: 346-4035

How/What to Donate

The SICM Emergency Food Pantry welcomes and appreciates donations of items, particularly those not covered by SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, and other items. Here's a list of  donation needs. Please drop donations off at the Food Pantry, 839 Albany Street, between the hours of 7:30am and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday. Donors should drive up to the loading dock around the back of the pantry and ring the doorbell located next to the the loading dock door. For large donations, please arrange a time through pantry staff by calling 346-4445.  Thank you!

Other Food Resource pages:

Food Resources Map -- Pantries & Free Meals -- Donation Needs