Since 1970, SWEM Community Services Inc. has been an active coalition of churches, neighbors and volunteers in the fight against hunger in southwest Rochester.
Over the past 46 years, SWEM has provided emergency food to families in the southwest: zip codes 14428, 14514, 14546, 14559, 14606, 14608, 14611, 14614, 14619 and 14624 with stunning efficiency. However, food expenses have risen dramatically over the past three years. This year SWEM needs help with monetary as well as food donations which are sorted and distributed by volunteers.
As we address the serious, increasing needs of our community, we need help to sustain and expand our efforts which include: Emergency Food Services, Monthly food deliveries to Seniors, Mobile Pantry, our BackPack program, which delivers non-perishable food weekly to 145 students in schools 2, 16 and 29, and of course, the Christmas Basket program. SWEM also sponsors two community gardens and a produce stand which brings fresh vegetables to the neighborhood.