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The Brighton Food
Cupboard at JFS

About the Food Pantry Program

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Hunger and food insecurity are critical issues that affect millions of Americans, including those in Rochester, NY. According to Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2021 report, over 42 million people across the country, including 13 million children, live in households that struggle to put food on the table. These sobering statistics make it clear that food insecurity is a significant issue in our community.

Weekly Food Deliveries 

The Brighton Food Cupboard at JFS is committed to the prevention and reduction of food insecurity for people in four zip codes spanning Brighton, Henrietta and the East side of the City of Rochester. The program provides weekly food deliveries, including Kosher, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, directly to individuals and families. Each client interacts with a JFS social worker to receive care management services. Food deliveries are made directly to individuals and families, ensuring dignity of those served  and reducing transportation and access obstacles to getting the food they need. Specifically for students, BFC supplies snacks to Brighton schools for kids whose families cannot provide them. The Brighton Food Cupboard at JFS also offers additional resources and support to help individuals and families connect with other JFS and community-based resources that can help address their other basic needs. 


For information about becoming a client, please call (585) 271-5355.

To donate food please contact Jacquie Platt at (585) 271-5355 or email

To organize a food drive or volunteer at the Brighton Food Cupboard, please call Shannon Megna at (585) 764-7748 or email


Brighton Food Cupboard
2131 Elmwood Avenue – Door A (Temple B’rith Kodesh)
Rochester, NY 14618 (Map


Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 noon


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. Download list of needed items.

Shop Brighton Food Cupboard’s Amazon Wishlist. Check out the list today and fill your cart with items selected to address the needs of our community. All purchases are sent direction from Amazon to BFC. 


Volunteers are vital to the Brighton Food Cupboard success. There are many volunteer opportunities available! You could drive, stock and sort donations, maintain inventory, shop for our clients, or provide administrative support.