Venture Churches Food Pantry

Open Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 am and 5:00-7:00 pm

Located at:  First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, 38 Church Road (off of Rt. 9W), Selkirk, NY

We are four local churches that have been serving people in our community for over 30 years.  This ministry comes out of our faith and belief in helping fellow people in need.  We recognize each individual has unique needs.  We treat people with respect, dignity, compassion, kindness and without judgment or discrimination.  We provide a bridge to a variety of resources and cooperate with area businesses and other local food pantries.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry or are in need of our services, please call the church office (518) 767-2243 Mon. to Fri. from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

Autumnal Blessings for the Venture Churches’ Food Pantry

Members of the Venture Churches’ community have showered us with blessings this Fall. We receive food from Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit and Thrivent Insurance. RCS students both collected food and members of social studies teacher Adam Sutton’s class spent hours on the Saturday before Thanksgiving loading the turkey dinners provided by HMA Contracting and our food pantry into clients’ cars. Then, we learned that the Price Chopper in Glenmont was collecting food for us, and we received over 165 $10 bags of food just before the holiday.

The season has not been without challenges though. A week and half before Thanksgiving, we discovered that our freezer was malfunctioning and we had to scramble to find a replacement. Luckily, your past generosity made it possible to dip into our emergency savings and immediately purchase two upright freezers that could be delivered in time for our weekly shopping times — thanks to Glenn Lasher and Keith Jordan for lending their expertise in this process. Quick thinking on the part of the

volunteers, together with our being able to obtain new freezers in a timely manner, meant that no food was lost. The arrival of a donated refrigerator, together with the new freezers, now means going forward we can get more variety of goods from the Northeast New York Food Bank for our clients. Blessings hidden within difficulties are so delightful to find.

If you wish to help us continue being able to provide blessings to community members in need, we hope you know that any contribution is greatly appreciated. You can send monetary donations to:

First Reformed Church
38 Church Road

Selkirk, NY 12158

ATTN: Venture Churches’ Food Pantry

OR you can contribute directly to our food purchases by accessing the NENY Food Bank website. When making your donation, choose Adopt-a-Program in the dropdown menu. Then, in the text box, write the agency name -- Venture Churches’ Food Pantry. 

And, of course, you can just bring us food items to the First Reformed Church any Tuesday 9:30-11:30 AM or 5:00-7:00 PM.

Thank you!

Items Needed

Hello from the food pantry! On average we serve 3 new families each month. With the increase in the cost of food and clients, we could use some help.

Below is a list of items we regularly need:

  • Cereal
  • Canned veggies; Canned fruit (have extra from your garden? We love fresh!) 
  • Soup
  • Mac-n-Cheese
  • Juice
  • Pasta and Pasta sauce
  • Pancake Mix
  • Oatmeal
  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressings
  • Brownie or cake mix

Cash/check donations can be mailed to the church (please indicate pantry donation), placed in the pantry mail slot (outside the church office) or placed in the pantry donation basket. We are also a part of the “Adopt a Pantry” program run by the Regional Food Bank. If donating online is easier for you, visit This webpage allows you to donate directly to our food bank account.