For more than forty years Southwest Community Services, Inc. (SWEM), a food assistance agency, has been committed to helping relieve hunger in southwest Rochester, Scotsville, Gates, and Chili. Through partnerships with Foodlink we are a host site for distributing fresh produce and baked goods on a monthly basis to approximately 200 households. Every month we supply 50 low income seniors with two bags of emergency food including fresh produce, milk, eggs and butter. One hundred fifty-five (155) elementary school children in three city schools recieve weekly "backpacks" of child friendly food to help keep them going over the weekend. We help food insecure families when times are tough by providing bags of emergency food at four different satellite sites on the west side of the city. We're truly a volunteer agency with only one half-time paid empolyee. We're an organization of neighbors helping neighbors, that welcomes collaboration. New in 2019: A onetime "Overnight bag" for the Working Poor w/2 meals & a referral to SWEM. Also, "Blessing Bags" meeting some needs of the Homeless, with no-cook items & a list of other city & county services. These are tough economic times, and those with less often suffer most. As government help decreases, and programs lose funding, more and more people find themselves struggling to make ends meet. The Children's agenda reports that half of Rochester's children live in poverty; for Monroe County children, the poverty rate is 24%. Children and families need our help. They need your help. Join us in making a difference!
We focus on: Human Services, Community Benefit and Economic Development
Where we are: Monroe
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