The Food Cupboard began as a grassroots effort to share food resources to a few dozen families and individuals in the early 1980’s. To start, we held operations in a small house owned by St. Patrick’s Church on High Street. Volunteers would be throughout the house packing food into bags and handing them out to families. As our number of clients grew to a consistent 50-75 households per month, we began to make the move to a “client choice” production. This would allow our clients to “shop” for the food they prefer on their own, rather that simply being handed a bag.
The number of clients continued to grow and over the years we expanded from serving 125 to more than 600 families per month. This quickly made it clear that a new location would soon be a necessity and the decision was made to move to Commercial Drive in Farmington. We are happy to be a source of help for those in need and we proudly service all of Ontario County. We wouldn’t be where we are without the help of our local friends, businesses, and churches. We welcome questions and visitors so please give us a call, message us on Facebook, come to our building, or stop by our van at the Victor Farm Market!
We typically can give 3-5 days’ worth of food to families who live in Ontario County. In addition, we will feed anyone in emergency food need (out of food) no matter where they live, which has often meant someone residing in a vehicle or outside. Also, be on the look out for our holiday food basket programs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter; we also assist with clothing distributions three times a year. If you have an idea for a program we could collaborate on, please ask, we love to brainstorm!
Snack Pack Program
The Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard, Inc. also sponsors the Victor Central School Snackpack Program which was started in 2009 by the high school Leadership classes to address the school nurses’ concerns that some students were coming to school on Mondays complaining of headaches and stomach pains due to hunger. After collaborating with the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard, researching the national “Backpack Program” and presenting to the VCS Board of Education, the students decided to make a delivery system open to any VCS family who needs extra food for their children during long weekends and school holidays. Parents call in and leave just the number of children and their address on a recorder at the school. The VCS students and the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard, Inc. donate healthy, easy-to-prepare snacks and the students pack it assembly line-style in a classroom at VCS and then deliver a bag to be hung anonymously on recipients’ door knobs. No face-to-face contact eliminates the stigma of receiving food help and our food cupboard due to the perceived stigma. Peanut butter, fruit, granola bars, and juice boxes would be gratefully accepted at the VCS High School Office or at the Food Cupboard labelled “For Snackpack”. 115 houses and over 200 students were served in March of 2018 and the program has expanded to include donations from Panera Bread Company.