DeRuyter Community Services

Food Pantry
Clothes Closet
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday
10:00 AM to Noon

Mission Statement
The DeRuyter Community Services is committed to provide services that will enhance the quality of life.
Have you ever struggled with the lack of finances due to illness, the loss of a job, change in family situation or other unforeseen circumstances?

If so, you know of the need of the DeRuyter Community Services.
We are conducting a broad appeal to the community for financial support.
Although we are supported by the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the United Church of DeRuyter, the Ruritan, and the DeRuyter Fire Department, we need the help of private citizens of our community.
With the approaching holidays it can be an especially difficult time for many households.

We need additional funds to replenish our supplies as well as non-perishable food items.

Please help us with a one-time gift or monthly or quarterly pledges.

It was another busy year in the food pantry and clothes closet. We continue to offer help in the following areas:
--non food-stamp items (i.e. shampoo, soaps, and toilet paper)
--School supplies
--Certificates at the Drift Inn (August)

A new offering this year was Panera Bread. The bread products are donated; they are picked up twice monthly for distribution. We share the surplus with the senior housing and other local food pantries.

The roof over the food delivery area has been repaired. Additional space has been made available for us by the town. This past year we received a grant of $1380 to purchase a much needed commercial freezer and metal shelves. The shelving was added for the storage and organizing of food products.

Currently located in the basement of the Town Hall, where it houses a food pantry and a clothing outlet.

Information on other services in the four counties is available at the DCS Center, with referrals made if the need arises.

This non-profit organization serves basically the DeRuyter school district,offering food, some non-food items and usable clothing to anyone who is in need.

The Central NY Food Bank supplies a good share of the food needed. Each year it distributes 10 million pounds of food to 575 food banks, such as DeRuyter, in the CNY area. It operates on five cents of every dollar donated to cover its administrative costs. With bulk buying it feeds a low-income family for about $1.50 a day.

Additional food comes to DCS through food drives, such as the Post Office and the School. Monetary donations, besides food, also help supply non-food items such as those not covered by food stamps.

Monetary donations come from individuals, our annual Broad Appeal, a percentage of the annual Crop Walk, a percentage of the Firemens' Fair Sunday offering, from churches and from our local Ruritan service club.

Monetary donations and government grants have helped buy equipment (i.e. freezer, metal shelves), build shelves, counters and renovations.

In 2002 the DeRuyter Community Services was restructured with a Board of Directors. This better promotes the services to the greater DeRuyter area and will insure that it is a financially sound and worthy organization for community support. There are at-large Board members plus representatives from the United Church of Christ, the St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Ruritan.

To Contact us:
By mail:PO Box 161, DeRuyter, NY 13052
By phone:315-852.9994 (DeRuyter church)
By email:Amy Downs at put DCS in the subject line.

For other services in Madison County contact: Community Action Partnership at (315)684.3144
or go to their website:

We are proud to announce the launch of our Crisis Chat program.

DeRuyter Free Library

DeRuyter Library Website

Library Office (315)852.6262
Town Hall
735 Utica Street
3rd Floor
DeRuyter, NY 13052
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 5 pm, 7 pm - 9 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm, 7 pm - 9 pm