About Us

Our Founders

Joe Gersitz, Kathy Cummins, Ted O'Brien
The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf was founded by Joe Gersitz, Ted O’Brien and Kathy Cummins in April 1997. It was housed in the First Baptist Church of Penfield at 1862 Penfield Rd until October 2012. 

From the very beginning, the philosophy was adopted to serve all who express a need for help with the only requirement being residency in Penfield or having children in the Penfield School System.

The first vision was to serve families canned goods and other non-perishable items only. But it very quickly changed to include fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods. 

The move to our present location at 1618 Jackson Rd. occurred on Saturday, November 3, 2012. We are pleased to serve over 80 families on a weekly basis.
PEFS is staffed 100% by volunteers.
Penfield Food Shelf Annual Report 2018 (
PEFS relies on generous donations from
Penfield Wegmans, Webster Target,
Penfield Aldi's, Schutt's Apple Mill, Webster Walmart, Wickham Farms, area businesses, schools, families, local churches, civic groups
and private donors.  Thank you!

Our Board

Liz Barry, John Bernhard, Kathy Cummins,
Tom Gill, Karen Ihrig, Laurie Kalkman,
Erin Petrone, Cathy Wiedemer

Our Location

1618 Jackson Road, Penfield, 14526

Our location is made possible by the generous donation of the Town of Penfield.

Informational Video

Special Thanks to PHS Teacher Ed Porto for creating this video.

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Click below to view printable PDF brochure.


1618 Jackson Road

Penfield, NY 14526


T: 585.234.0799

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