Loop Ministries

About Loop Ministries

Loop Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation committed to helping people in and around Rochester’s Inner Loop physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Loop Ministries provides groceries to over 3,000 individuals living in Rochester’s Inner Loop every year! FOOD PANTRY provides bagged groceries to approximately 400 families every month.

We do not discriminate by age, sex, race, color, ethnicity, or disability.

Operating Hours

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30am - 4:30pm

Phone messages and emails left on other days will be answered the following Monday or Wednesday.

Important Dates

Chestnut Cafe

2nd Wednesday of the Month

Food for the Soul

4th Wednesday of the Month.

Food Pantry

Tuesdays and Thursdays

10am to 2pm

About Loop Ministries

Mission Statement

Loop Ministries is dedicated to helping people in and around Rochester’s Inner Loop by enriching their lives physically, mentally and spiritually. We accomplish this through direct service, and by partnering with other organizations, agencies and ministries in the Rochester community.

Why Is Loop Important for the Community?

Loop Ministries is 100% donor-funded. All of our support comes from individuals, churches and organizations committed to reducing food insecurity in our urban community.

More About Loop

We partner with Heritage Christian Services to transport food, stock ourshelves, distribute groceries and provide job skill training to people with developmental disabilities. Their support is vital to the success of all the Loop Ministries Food Programs. 

Hunger is a growing epidemic in the city of Rochester. Rising rates of underemployed and unemployed people, combined with the rising costs of basic living, is forcing increasing numbers to seek emergency food assistance. Loop Ministries provides groceries to over 3000 individuals living in Rochester’s citycenter each year. 

Loop Ministries, Inc., is a501c(3) non-profit organization committed to helping people in and around Rochester’s Inner Loop physically, mentally and spiritually.  

In The Loop

Loop Ministries, Creating a Caring Commmunity

By Arleen Thaler

My name is John and I am from Georgia. In 1976 I moved to Rochester mostly for my family. While in Rochester I have done food service for about 45 years. I have several master degrees, one in culinary arts, one in human resource management, and one in journalism. I took an early retirement in January 15th after 45 years of working. 

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Grateful Guest Gives Back

By Lindsay Gange

This month’s featured guest is a woman named “Jazzy”. Jazzy is originally from Guam and was flown to the University of Rochester Medical Center from her home for cancer treatment twenty years ago. She survived several different types of cancer and remained in Rochester following her treatment.  

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FAQ: Who does the Food Program serve?

By Daryl Staneck

The Loop Ministries Food Program serves people ranging from childhood through late life. We serve the physically and mentally disabled, U.S. Veterans, and multiple orientations and ethnicities, predominantly African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic. Regarding employment, those who come are unemployed, partially employed, and “under” employed, indicating that a full time job wage does not enable them to provide adequately for their needs. 

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November Food for the Soul Luncheon

By Lindsay Gange

Loop held its monthly Food for the Soul luncheon on Wednesday, November 23rd. Guests were treated to a full Thanksgiving feast, complete with beautiful centerpieces designed by our volunteer coordinator, Doris Gaspar. Loop is very grateful for the members of the Lifetime Assistance work program who assembled the centerpieces and delivered them to Church of the Reformation for this special meal. We are glad to have been able to kick off the holiday season with many members of the Rochester community!

Our Location

Loop Ministries is located inside the Lutheran Church of the Reformation at 111 North Chestnut St, Rochester, New York

Programs and Events

Food Pantry

The Loop Ministries’ Food Pantry provides bagged groceries to approximately 200 families every month. 

We provide nutritionally sound meal options throughout the year.

Pantry Schedule:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 585-454-3367 to check the holiday schedule for days/hours.

Proof of address is required.  (Additional groceries may be available for individuals with families; proof of the number of household residents is required.)

Food for the Soul Lunch

Loop Ministries partners with Reformation Lutheran Church to provide a hot lunch on the 4th Wednesday of every month.

Registration is held between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon..

A voluntary mental health lesson is offered at 11:00 am, and a voluntary chapel service is held at 11:30 a.m.

A hot meal is served at noon, after which bags of groceries are distributed to all who have registered.

Chestnut Café Supper

Loop Ministries also partners with Reformation Lutheran Church to offer a community dinner for individuals with developmental disabilities. The meal is held on the 2nd Wednesday evening of every month.

An optional 4:30 p.m. Bible study is followed by supper at 5:30 p.m. After the meal all are invited to an optional praise service.

How To Help Loop?

How to Donate

You can donate to Loop Ministries in many ways.

Food Donations

You can make food donations directly to Loop or you can purchase food via Amazon.

Click here to go to our Amazon Shopping List

Paypal Donations

Click on the Donate button below to make a donation.

Volunteering At Loop

There are many ways you can donate your time to help Loop Ministries.

We need people to help us in the following roles:.

Who to Contact?

Doris Gaspar coordinates volunteers for our monthly Food for the Soul Program.

She can be contacted via email at: doris@loopministries.org

For all other volunteering, please contact Daryl Staneck on (585) 454-3367 or use the contact form on this page

Amazon Smile

SMILE! Amazon Loves You!!

That’s right; Amazon will help you fight hunger through the Loop Food Pantry!

The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your online order’s purchase price to Loop Ministries! It’s easy! 

All you have to do is click on the Amazon Smile banner below or go click here.

Log in and then proceed with your ordering as you normally would on Amazon.com! Please tell friends needing stuff, students purchasing textbooks, employers and work colleagues, spouses buying electronics or gizmos, anyone you know who is using Amazon anyway (which is most everyone!) Make the dollars you’re already spending work to help fight hunger; the next time you shop online!

Make the dollars you’re already spending work to help fight hunger; the next time you shop online!

Contact Loop

Contact Us

Who's Who at Loop

The Executive Director

Daryl Staneck

The Loop Ministries Board of Directors

Albert Sieg, President

Peter Mahler, Vice President

David Cuff, Treasurer

Stephen Brady

Nancy Burns

Wendy Carrier

Lydia Nicholson

Michael Otto