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Beyond the Sanctuary

Serving the Rochester, NY Community

Our Goal, Vision, & Guiding Principles

How We Can Help You

How You Can Help Us

A Love Letter to Our Volunteers Luncheon

Beyond the Sanctuary is so thankful for our volunteers!

Please join us for a luncheon to celebrate our volunteers who

dedicate their time and efforts to support our community.

Please contact Carmen Allen for more information!

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CNN Business Interview

CNN Business interviewed President & Executive Director Carmen Allen about the challenges facing nonprofits with food pantries like Beyond the Sanctuary.

(Article by CNN Senior Writer Parija Kavilanz)

Beyond the Sanctuary is proud to be a community organization highlighted by “Sharing the Warmth” on WRMM-FM 101.3.


The weekly feature shines a light on some of Rochester’s most caring organizations.


Listen to Rochester radio personality Tony Infantino speak with Beyond the Sanctuary President & Executive Director Carmen Allen about our organization’s history, mission, and programs.  

Click the microphone to the right to listen to the radio spot!

Beyond the Sanctuary is actively involved in the Rochester community, serving hundreds of residents every month through various programs and services.


Beyond the Sanctuary's President & Executive Director,  Carmen Allen.


Beyond the Sanctuary is located in the historic Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which is the oldest African American church in Monroe County.


Established over 190 years ago in 1827, Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church’s legacy of community service and social justice dates back to Frederick Douglass printing his abolitionist newsletter, the North Star in the basement of the Church and Susan B. Anthony’s frequent speeches from the pulpit, to Congressman John Lewis’ final visit to Rochester in 2016 and the opening of Beyond the Sanctuary in 2017.

Beyond the Sanctuary

is located in the 

Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

549 Clarissa Street

Rochester, NY 14608

(585) 512-8911

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"...thank you for all that you do for our community.

Grateful to be in a partnership with you."

- Julia Tedesco, CEO of Foodlink

Everyone is Welcome

"What do I need to bring in order to get food? Do I need to bring ID?"

The answer is "just bring yourself".

"I have a doctor's appointment. Can my sister pick up my food for me?"

The answer is always "Yes and she is welcome to pick up a

box of food for her family as well."