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.

In May, we provided food assistance to 37 households. This breaks down to 103 people, 22% of whom are children, 48% adults and 30% seniors. In June, we provided assistance to 39 households. This included 128 people, 30% of whom are children, 42% adults, and 28% seniors. We also registered six new families at the Food Pantry over the past two months.

We recently had the opportunity to attend the New York State Food Summit. The event brings together food, assistance providers, advocates, and communities across New York. Its aim is to educate and share best practices in hunger relief efforts. Our thanks goes to the Alliance for a Hunger Free New York for including us in this program. We're grateful for the opportunity to network and came away with some new ideas.

If you wish to donate to our current efforts, we are currently focused on collecting the following items:

-  100% fruit juices

-  diapers, size 4,5,6

-  peanut butter and jelly

-  salad dressings

Our thanks go out to everyone supporting our efforts to address hunger in our community.  

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.