Category: Food Pantry

A New Volunteer

A New Volunteer

Loop Ministries Welcomes Ashley Schultz to our Volunteer Team!

Ashley was raised outside of Binghamton, NY in a large family of all girls. After graduating high school, she attended SUNY Geneseo for Geography and Urban Studies. Later she attended Graduate School in Ohio, pursuing a master’s degree in Geography. After spending some years in Ohio, she and her husband moved back to NY, and they are fully enjoying it here in Rochester! Ashley is currently working for a grant writing company, and in her day-to-day work week she helps local governments, fire departments, and police departments find funding for their unique projects. She was initially attracted to LOOP Ministries because she has seen the great work Loop has done in Rochester. After learning about the tangible results LOOP has brought to the community, she decided she wanted to be a part of the action!

Ashley will be helping LOOP pursue funding from a variety of public and private sources. This will include researching and finding grant opportunities and submitting competitive proposals. She has jumped in with both feet and already worked very hard with Executive Director, Daryl Staneck, to submit their first application together. She looks forwards to the day they successfully secure a grant for LOOP, knowing the dollars will help our team reach even more people in our effort to fight hunger in our city!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Who does the Food Program serve?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Who does the Food Program serve?

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.

Last year three quarters of the people we served used the pantry, not as a regular extension of their kitchen cupboards, but only for several months until some emergency was dealt with and they were back on their feet. We, therefore, truly live up to our designation as an “emergency” food pantry. We do not perpetuate people’s comfortability with poverty by encouraging them to live on hand outs. On the contrary, we are a safety net to keep them from entering the welfare system, by giving them a compassionate leg-up when needed.

(Loop Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing groceries and meals to the under-served in some of the most economically challenging areas of Rochester, including zip codes: 14604, 14605, 14607, 14608, 14609, 14614, 14620. The monthly meals are open to anyone residing in Monroe County. Loop Ministries is grateful to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, located in the heart of the city, for the use of their space to run operations.)