Our Mission

CazCares is a Food Pantry and Clothing Closet that serves low income residents of the Cazenovia School District and surrounding areas of Madison County.

In addition, information and referral services help clients address many needs.

Our History

In 1982 the pastors from six area churches started CazCares. The pantry began in two rooms in the lower level of the Atwell Mill.

In 1983 the food pantries in Madison County organized, as a means of networking under the Community Action Program, and CazCares is still part of that network.

In June 2007 CazCares moved to a new location at 101 Nelson Street in Cazenovia. The site is handicapped accessible and provides an opportunity for improved layout and expanded services.

Our Work Today

Each month over 200 clients visit CazCares to receive food and clothing and to attend educational programs.

The issues facing our clients are numerous. Low paying jobs, lack of education, health problems and disabilities combine with high prices for food, gas and utilities to severely affect these families.

We focus on providing food and clothing. Our Client Services Director listens carefully to each client with to understand their situation and assist them so they can find the services they need.

CazCares relies on generous community support in order to operate. Volunteers work to fill food orders, stock pantry shelves and sort clothing.

We receive donations of money, food and clothing from individuals, area churches, student and civic groups.

We operate under the guidelines of the Food Bank of CNY where we purchase food at a discount and receive partial government funding from HPNAP and FEMA.


President: Jen Wong

Vice President: Bob Ridler

Secretary: Erin Kelly

Treasurer: Susie Michael

Board of Directors

Andrea Berg

Paul Brooks

Marian Budnar

Kristen Byers

Thomas Clarke

Roseanne Courtade

Sue Duffy

Lynn Horowitch

Karin Marris

Jessica Reilly

Nancy Sellers

Julia Shotzberger