Brighton Food Cupboard is a program of Jewish Family Service of Rochester in partnership with The Brighton Central School District, Foodlink, community volunteers and area organizations. The Brighton Food Cupboard addresses hunger and food insecurity for individuals and families in Brighton and surrounding communities.
How does the Brighton Food Cupboard work?
Individuals in the community who need food should call the BFC, (585) 271-5355. Community volunteers fill the order, which is then delivered to the client’s home. The case manager also offers clients information and advocacy to help resolve any additional social service needs.
BFC is located in the Brookside School Building at 220 Idlewood Road, Rochester, NY 14618.
Volunteers are vital to the Brighton Food Cupboard success. There are many volunteer opportunities available:
Driver - Delivery
BFC drivers deliver food to clients once or twice per month. Clients do not come to BFC to receive their food. Either BFC staff or one of our volunteer drivers delivers the food to the client’s home. This is a very rewarding volunteer position and vital to BFC and its clients.
Driver – Food Donation Pick-up
BFC Drivers are needed to pick-up food from community collection bins on an ongoing basis. We are fortunate to have local churches, synagogues, businesses and schools, who have graciously agreed to have a BFC food donation bin at their location.
Stocking and Sorting
Volunteers are needed to unpack food delivered to the BFC, sort food, stock the shelves, rotate items by expiration date and repackage bulk food into small packages.
Volunteers have the opportunity to shop for our clients. Clients share their list with Volunteers, who then shop for the client based on the items available at BFC. Once the food is gathered the volunteer will bag or box the items for delivery to the client.
Administrative volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including answering the phone, data entry and filing.
To Volunteer, please fill out our online application.
Online Volunteer Application
Donating to BFC
Brighton Food Cupboard is in need of food and non-food item donations year round. Donated items should be standard packaging, not bulk or large containers.
Food Items in Highest Need:
- Beans (Pinto, Navy, Chili, Black)
- Fruit (Canned or Boxed)
- Healthy Snacks (Granola Bars, Crackers, etc)
- Juice (Canned or Boxed)
- Pasta Sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Tomatoes (Canned or Boxed)
- Vegetables (Canned or Boxed)
Other Items in Need:
- Baby Items:
Formula, Diapers, Baby Food, Wipes
- Household Items:
Laundry & Dish Detergent, Sponges, Dish Towels
- Paper Products:
Facial Tissues, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels
- Personal Hygiene Items:
Body Soap, Lotion, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Feminine Hygiene
Donate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Food Box to the Brighton Food Cupboard this summer!
The Brighton Food Cupboard, a program of Jewish Family Service, is partnering with Good Food Collective. Each summer, food donations decrease while community food needs increase. Because children are not in school receiving free and reduced meals, the demands on families grow. By signing-up to donate a CSA food share to the Brighton Food Cupboard, you are supporting a family or individual who may not have access to GOOD fresh food! Unless otherwise designated, food in each CSA Box includes seasonal fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads, local eggs and sometimes meats. The Good Food Collective delivers the CSA food directly to the Brighton Food Cupboard each week. You can donate a one-time or recurring food share and help our Rochester community address food insecurity this summer.
One Time Recurring
Sponsor a Shelf - Food Drive
Thank you for taking this opportunity to participate in our Sponsor a Shelf or conducting a Food Drive. Your community organization, school, class or grade, church, synagogues, private business, families or individuals can provide both food and non-food items to families in need to fight hunger and food insecurity via the Brighton Food Cupboard. Please fill out the form below and you will be contacted by one of our staff. Brighton Food Cupboard sincerely appreciates your generous donations. Every donation you make helps to feed a neighbor, a family, a community!
Would your organization or group like to have a Food Drive?
Upon completing your Sponsor a Shelf or Food Drive, will you deliver or need pick-up of your donations?