Coronavirus/COVID-19 Statement

The weekly demand for assistance from the Perinton Food Shelf for the weeks of 3/16 and 3/23 almost tripled the average of all weeks in 2019. March was the busiest month ever. Food stocks went from plentiful to marginal very quickly. Re-supply was challenging. Weekly donations of overstock items from Target and Aldi’s dropped dramatically. Drop off points like the Fairport Village Hall, Fairport Public Library, and all local churches were closed. Our regular bi-weekly Food Link order was delivered early in the week of 3/23, but based on the normal demand of prior weeks. Local stores had empty shelves and limits on quantity purchases for all including the Perinton Food Shelf.

Foodlink was tuned into the pending area wide food crisis for families at the margin and started preparing emergency food boxes of staples for distribution to food pantry operations. We received about 60 of the boxes on 3/25. The drop off at Perinton Town Hall remained open and residents responded generously. The weekly egg order to our regular local vendor was doubled and Eastside BOCES contributed frozen 1/2 pints of milk originally to be used in their school lunch program. SKIPS in Fairport allowed us to double our hot dog/hamburger and chicken order while our Canal Park neighbor, AMAZING GRAINS, provided two full racks of bread when none was available elsewhere.

Our normal delivery to the client-distribution system was overwhelmed and not sustainable under the extreme demand. With significant help from the Town of Perinton we shifted to a client pick-up mode during specified times at the Perinton Town Hall. We continued to deliver to the clients that couldn’t manage to do a pickup.

At the end of the two weeks of food donations at theTown Hall had gone a long way towards restocking our shelves. Monetary contributions were also generous. Another Canal Park neighbor, Maura Kerkezis, owner of Tres Bien Images, who is running the “Front Porch” Photo Project is having customers donate the normal fees for the service to the Perinton Food Shelf. $3500 so far and growing.

The Perinton Food Shelf met the challenge of the overwhelming increase in client needs through the extra effort of our volunteers, the help of the Town of Perinton and the continued, great community support in both monetary and food donations.

Thanks to all for making it happen.

Perinton Food Shelf Board

About Us

Who We Are

The Perinton Food Shelf is a nonprofit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Food supplies are donated to the Perinton Food Shelf by collections from local churches, schools, civic organizations and individuals. Also, the Perinton Food Shelf receives monetary donations, which help purchase fresh meat, milk, eggs and margarine for the families in need.

We find ourselves from time to time with empty shelves, particularly during the months of May through October. So keep the food donations coming year round for both non-perishable food as well as money to purchase bread, milk, eggs and meat.  For non-perishable food donations, our “Most Needed Items” list is updated every month on the first of the month. Please keep the list in mind as you shop at the grocery store.

Additionally, local Aldi and Target stores generously donate a significant amount of product to the Perinton Food Shelf.

Our History

The Perinton Food Shelf was organized in early 1980s by the Perinton Lay Clergy Council, a group of lay representatives from twelve congregations in the Perinton area. Operations began in 1981 out of the First Baptist Church. The food Shelf is now housed in its own facility in the Village of Fairport.

The Perinton Food Shelf originally served the surrounding towns of Pittsford, East Rochester, and Penfield as well as the Fairport/Perinton area. Due to the increased need for emergency food in these areas, other towns now have their own food pantries.

The Food Shelf Board was organized to oversee the operation in 1982. The organization was incorporated in 1984 and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

Contact Information

For General Correspondence

By Phone: 585-425-7410

By Email:

By US Mail:
Perinton Food Shelf, Inc.
P. O. Box 381
Fairport, NY 14450-0381

How To Get Help

If you live in the 14450 zip code

If you are in need of emergency food supplies and live in the 14450 zip code, dial 585-425-7410.

A volunteer will call you back within 24 hours during weekdays between 9AM and 5PM.

The volunteer will ask several general questions concerning your family size, your income and, of course, your name and home address.

If you qualify for emergency food supplies, a week’s supply of food for your household size will be delivered to your home by a food shelf volunteer(s).

If you do not live in the 14450 zip code

If you do not live in the 14450 zip code, dial 211 or 1-877-356-9211.

They will provide you with information on an emergency food provider near you. They will ask you for your zip code to identify organizations serving your neighborhood and/or region.

Ways To Help

Donate Money

Money is needed all year round to purchase fresh meat, eggs, milk and margarine for the families we serve. Consider a monetary donation to help purchase these items. Donations to the Perinton Food Shelf are fully tax deductible. A receipt for tax purposes will be provided upon request.

To Pay Via Check Offline
Perinton Food Shelf, Inc.
P.O. Box 381
Fairport, NY 14450-0381

To Pay Via Credit Card Online

Donate Food

Food is always welcome. Please scroll down to check our Most Needed Items List.

We accept food items in original packaging that are not expired or damaged.

We cannot accept homemade food or medicinal items.

Scroll down the page for locations that currently accept drop-off donations.

Organize a Food Drive

Please check the Most Needed Items List before holding your drive. Notify the Food Shelf on the dates of your drive by calling (585)-425-7410. We would like to know of your plans in order to have volunteers available to sort the food and stock the shelves.

Consider some of the tips for conducting food drives from our Food Drive Guide

We accept food items in original packaging that are not expired or damaged.

We also accept paper products and personal hygiene items.
We cannot accept homemade food or medicinal items.

Create a flyer for your food drive, including dates, times, items needed and instructions where to leave items(front porch, door handle).

After picking up food drive items, contact us at (585)-425-7410 for delivery time.

Once at the food shelf, student will check dates and sort food.
After completion, student will receive a letter regarding hours and project completed.

Volunteer Your Time

At this time, due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are not able to train any new volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, we have a variety of ways you can share your time and talents.

Organizations & Groups
Organizations may want to host a food drive. Please check the Most Needed Items List before holding your drive. Notify the Food Shelf on the dates of your drive by calling (585)-425-7410. We would like to know of your plans in order to have volunteers available to sort the food and stock the shelves.

Fairport High School Students
We have no volunteer hours available unless you might consider conducting a food drive in your neighborhood. Contact us at (585)-425-7410 for discussing plans to conduct a food drive and details.

If you are an individual over age 18 and interested in volunteering, please send an email to with your name, interests and availability.

Donating Items

We now keep a printable PDF list off all the food items we are currently in need of along with items which we are well stocked.
To download our list, please click here.

Updated 9.22.2020
Homemade foods
Home canned goods
Personal hygiene products
Medicines of any type

Drop-off Locations

If you have a very large amount of food to donate, arrangements may be made by appointment for a pick up or drop off at our facility. Please call call 585-425-7410 or email us at for information.
1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY 14450 | 585-223-0770

Front desk or follow signs to back door. Please contact Perinton Town Hall prior to visit in order to verify current drop-off location and current hours of operation at 585-223-0770.
1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, NY 14450 | 585-223-9091

Currently closed due the crisis.
130 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, NY 14450 | 585-377-5050

Call first and confirm due to the ongoing crisis.
Many local churches also accept donations for the Perinton Food Shelf.

Many are closed due the crisis. Call churches beforehand to confirm participation.

For I was Hungry and you fed me. –Matthew 25:35

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Thank you for your donations to the
Perinton Food Shelf!

A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated to the Perinton Food Shelf! The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me. Because of your donations, we have been able to deliver two truckloads per day to restock their shelves! These donations go directly to your neighbors who need help during this difficult time. This is what our community is all about – coming together to help others. Town Hall remains a donation drop-off location, so please, keep the donations coming – they are making all the difference in the lives of local families.

-Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna, Town of Perinton

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