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Address and Hours

What is our address, and when are we open?

We are an emergency food pantry, located at 555 Avenue D, Rochester, NY 14621. Our entrance is at the back of the library building.

For Food Pickup, we are open 9:00 am to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. We deliver food on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

We are usually closed whenever the Rochester City Schools are closed due to severe weather. If you are not sure if we will be open, you can contact us to ask.


Our Nondiscrimination Notice

We are an equal opportunity provider:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Esta institución ofrece igualdad de oportunidades. (Spanish)

Our Mission

The People’s Pantry of Rochester (SW Food Program, Inc.) is formed for the charitable purpose of organizing, overseeing and maintaining a program to provide groceries to individuals and families to help mitigate the effects of food insecurity. Its mission is to offer this service with dignity and without bias / discrimination based on race, culture, sexual identity, gender, gender identity / expression, age, religious affiliation, disability, financial status, or other circumstance.

How to Get Food, and What We Offer:

And what other items do we offer you besides food?

In addition to food, we can usually offer diapers (baby and adult), feminine products, and dog or cat food. Personal hygiene items may be available in limited quantities.

When you visit us at 555 Avenue D, we can help you to choose the foods you prefer, and you can get food right away from us.


We will deliver food to you if you need food and if you are unable to leave your house, due to the current public health emergency.

We have food and other items to offer to you, because we receive donations from people & organizations, in our community and beyond. We are grateful for their support!

Donations We Need:

Our Amazon Wish List:

Click this link to open our Amazon Wish List. It’s a quick and convenient way to donate food and other items to us. The list is kept up to date with what we need, and your purchase is automatically delivered to our pickup location.

Thank you!

Donations we need in any season:

General food items

Canned meat and fish, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, instant potatoes (1 lb box). Canned beans (kidney, black, pinto, baked, etc.). Cereal, soup (condensed and ready to serve), rice (2 lb bags or smaller), flour and sugar (5 lb. bags or less ), spaghetti sauce, canned tomato products, pasta, raisins and other dried fruit, condiments and seasonings  (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, salad dressings, oil pepper, salt seasonings). Baking and snack items (cake / brownie mix, cookie mix, frosting, crackers, cookies, chips etc.), pancake mix, shelf-stable milk / soy, cashew, or almond milk quarts. Apple sauce, sugar-free items, and easy to prepare meal items (like mac and cheese, etc.).

Personal items

Deodorant, individually wrapped bar soap, pump bottles of liquid hand soap, small bottles of dish soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste (preferably 3 oz. or smaller), shampoo and conditioner, razors, Band-Aids, sanitary napkins, tampons, individually wrapped rolls of toilet paper.

Baby items

Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, other small baby items.


Canned and dry dog and cat food.  Dog and cat treats.

Seasonal needs for holiday baskets (Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Canned yams or sweet potatoes, boxed stuffing, gravy, cake and brownie mixes, frosting, juice, Jell-O, butter, frozen pies, cranberry sauce (whole or jelled). Canned fruit, canned corn, canned Green beans. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cereal, pancake mix, syrup, milk.

How to Get Here:

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Our entrance at 555 Avenue D is at the back of the library building.


Street parking is available on the north side of Avenue D, and short-term parking may be available on the north-west corner of Avenue D and Joseph Avenue.

We are close to the bus:

RTS Route #3 stops at the corner of Avenue D and Joseph Avenue.

See myRTS.com or Maps & Schedules for more info.