We are a gospel-centered community cupboard providing our patrons with an opportunity to build something bigger than themselves. This ministry is designed to serve our church’s unemployed/underemployed as well as neighborhood seniors while participants offer support and encouragement to one another.
“So if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed!” – John 8:36
Who do we serve?
1. Redeemer members and attenders (by Diaconate referral only)
These individuals are typically unemployed or underemployed with limited income and food accessibility. They also work as volunteers, sorting and organizing the food items each week to serve the elderly in the W83 neighborhood as well as one another. At the end of the day, they take home a portion of the food they have sorted.
When: Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no admittance after 12 p.m.)
Where: W83 Ministry Center (150 W 83rd St.), 5th Floor
How it works: Participants help us unload the truck at 11 a.m. if they are physically able. We then have group time centered around Jesus Christ and His Word, with plenty of discussion and sharing. We end by praying with and for one another before the next truck arrives. We unload again and sort as we are directed. Then we give thanks to God for all He sent and begin directed “shopping.” Before we leave, we clean the room, and the remaining food is re-loaded on the truck for distribution to others.
What to Bring: Shopping carts or bags.
2. “Seniors” 62 and older (by application)
These individuals are neighbors of the W83 Ministry Center who are food insecure. They have filled out an application and meet the qualifications of being over 62 and living in the West 80s.
When: Fridays, 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: W83 Ministry Center (150 W 83rd St.), Lobby
Application required: You can only apply on the last Friday of the month. When applying, you must bring official ID as well as proof of age and address.
How it works: After your application is approved, you may come on Fridays with your shopping cart to the lobby of 150 W. 83rd St. at 12:45 p.m. but no later than 1 p.m. Our OWLS (Older, Wiser, Loving Servants care group) volunteers will meet with you and take your carts upstairs to get food for you while you wait.
What to Bring: Shopping carts lined with a large garbage bag. (Carts are taken upstairs at 1 p.m. If you arrive after 1 p.m. we cannot accommodate you.)
If you have any questions, contact Cate at: [email protected] or 646.247.0962
Note: Please be aware that the Free Indeed Community Cupboard operates on a “while supplies last basis.” FICC and Redeemer Presbyterian Churches and Ministries do not make any claims on the freshness or safety of the food you take home, nor can we be responsible for your food allergies, both known and unknown.