The Food Cupboard at Third

The Food Cupboard began as a modest response to neighbors asking for help with basic food needs and in 1997 evolved into a full Emergency Food Cupboard affiliated with Foodlink. Food Cupboard and Dining Room Ministry are the cornerstones of Third Presbyterian Church's Hunger Ministries. Every Monday and Thursday mornings 3 or 4 volunteers prepare bags of emergency grocery items and welcome between 25 and 40 guests with coffee and a caring environment. In addition to basic food items, clients "shop" for bread, milk, yogurt, meat, and fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Food Cupboard serves individuals and families who live in 14604, 14607, 14620 zip codes once a month (with identification needed each visit).

Food Cupboard is heavily dependent on volunteers to maintain such a vibrant operation. About 60 individuals have committed to the following opportunities:

  • Sundays - 2 or 3 individuals or families stock the working shelves
  • Monday and Thursdays - 3 or 4 volunteers arrive before 9 a.m., prepare bags & greet clients until 11:45 a.m. Many substitutes are important to support the volunteers
  • Tuesdays - 1 or 2 volunteers again stock the working shelves
  • Wednesdays - 1 or 2 volunteers organize the storeroom & put away new food from Foodlink or the congregation
  • Shoppers - several volunteers buy food as needed from Wegmans, Aldi, Walmart
  • Drivers - every Tuesday a volunteer with a van or other larger vehicle picks up a large order from Foodlink
Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street
Mondays and Thursdays 9:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Kay Ramsay, Food Cupboard Chairperson, 544-9022
Or Rev. Lynette Sparks, Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church, 271-6537 x 106