The New Life Food Cupboard on Monroe Avenue at Temple Beth Sholom is still open!

The New Life Food Cupboard on Monroe Avenue at Temple Beth Sholom is still open!

John helping a patron at the New Life Food Cupboard at Temple Beth Sholom on 1161 Monroe Ave. [5/14/20 photos by David Kramer]

Started 42 years ago at the New Life Presbyterian Church on Rosedale Street off Monroe Avenue, the New Life Food Cupboard offers nutritious food of many varieties. In December 2018, the cupboard moved into its new home at Temple Beth Sholom on 1161 Monroe Avenue. The cupboard is sponsored by the South Presbyterian Church, an Acts of Faith Community.

New Life Food Cupboard at Temple Beth Sholom on 1161 Monroe Ave.

During the pandemic, the volunteers — John, Janis and Char —  think people may assume they are closed. Not at all. The temple building is closed, but the cupboard has set up shop in the temple parking lot off Pinnacle Road. Serving residents of zip codes 14620, 14607 and 14610, the cupboard is open 9:30 am – noon, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Thursdays (not Jewish holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas week).  All are welcome.

Signs on the Pinnacle Rd. entrance pointing to the New Life Food Cupboard and the Used Clothing Drop-Off Shed

(l-r) New Life Food Cupboard volunteers John, Janis and Char. John says he was smiling.

5/28/20. Janis (left) and patron Venus. Beth Sholom donated the Matzos. Venus heard about the cupboard from her niece who read the original story. [Photo: David Kramer]

5/28/20. Patron Venus. Venus encourages all to come to the cupboard. Venus says finding the cupboard may be at first a little confusing, but just follow the signs. Is everyone in her family named after a planet? According to Venus, there’s a definite galactic theme, as the family includes a Star, a Nova and a Mercury. [Photo: David Kramer]


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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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