The Results are In!

Thank you everyone who participated in a fun, rare outing at FBCR at our Drive-in Pandemic Food Drive with Carillon Concert and BYO Lunch Tailgate Social (with distancing and masking). It was so good to be together, even if six feet or more apart. Are you interested in hearing more? Well, it could not have gone better.

We are so pleased at the generosity of the congregation. There was $245 dollars donated to purchase food which we have split between St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal, serving the Beechwood area, and the Center for Youth, serving displaced teens and young adults.

In addition, to the dollars received, people showed up to drop off food in our drive-in event. These donations were also generous with 363 items donated to St. Mark’s and St. John’s and 6 bags of items (valued at about $200) were donated to the Center for Youth. Thank you to the Missions Committee and Sarah Oaks for coordinating this effort. It was a great success! But that is not all…

In addition to the great response to help our neighbors, Sam Baker, our interim church organist, serenaded us to a wonderful Carillon (steeple chimes) Concert. Playing a variety of music, Sam entertained us while we enjoyed the pleasant afternoon chatting with friends with the beautiful sounds in the air. We were so happy to see all 50 of you who participated in one or many parts of the event. Thank you to the Worship/Music Committee for expanding the Food Drive event with the concert and tailgate event through suggestions from members of the congregation.

It was a great day!

How the Drive Started:

Many of you have reached out to FBCR with the question, “What can we do to help our neighbors during the Pandemic?” The Missions Committee at First Baptist Church of Rochester, has been hard at work coordinating a drive to collect food. Food will be donated to the Brighton Food Depot which is serving those in need in the Beechwood area through St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal and the efforts of The Center for Youth.


If you are able, please purchase  items from the requested item list (below) the next time you go to the grocery store. If you would like a volunteer to do the shopping for you, please mail a check to FBCR with “Pandemic Food Drive” in the memo line. Any amount is greatly appreciated!  


Food will be collected from June 16 through July 12, 2020.


Drop off your purchased items in the brown bin near the playground at FBCR on or before July 12th. If you are unable to drive or deliver the food to the church, please call or email Sarah Oaks using the contact information found in the church directory. She will coordinate a volunteer to stop by your porch by Sunday, July 12th to pick up your items. This will be a contactless porch pick-up to keep everyone safe!


Here is the list of requested items for St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal: (* indicates items of greatest need)

      • Cereal*
      • Tomato Sauce* (small, plastic)
      • Tuna*
      • Entrées (in cans)
      • Peanut Butter* and Jelly*
      • Fruit
      • Vegetables


Here are list of requested items for the Center For Youth: (any of these items are needed and wanted)

      • Peanut Butter
      • Canned Fruit
      • Boxed Cereal (kid and teen friendly varieties)
      • Chunky Soups
      • Chef Boyardee (Spaghetti or Ravioli)
      • Canned Beans
      • Pasta Sides (Knorr, Lipton)
      • Canned Corn
      • Vienna Sausages
      • Canned Tuna
      • Jars of Red Sauce
      • Box of Flavored Rice
      • Box of Pasta (spaghetti, penne, rigatoni, etc.) or Pasta Roni
      • Ramen Noodles
      • Granola Bars, Protein Bars
      • Pop Tarts
      • Easy Mac Cups



The food items will be donated to the Brighton Food Depot (for St. Mark and St. John Episcopal to help our Beechwood neighbors) and the efforts of The Center for Youth. Both organizations help children, young adults, families, or the elderly who are experiencing food insecurities during the Pandemic. The food will be distributed to individuals in the City of Rochester and in surrounding suburbs.  

If you have any questions, please call, text, or email Sarah Oaks using the contact information in the church directory.

Also, if you would like to volunteer to help with the food drive, please contact Sarah.