Foodlink adds new truck to its kitchen fleet

It was an exciting day for Foodlink drivers, who watched as a brand new, 22-foot refrigerated box truck was dropped off at its Mt. Read Boulevard facility on Friday. 

The new truck, a 2018 HINO model 238, will add capacity to the fleet that serves the Foodlink Community Kitchen. Approximately half of Foodlink’s trucks serve the kitchen, while the other half pick up and distribute food for the food bank. 

Conway Beam Leasing custom-built the truck for Foodlink from the ground up. Fleet Manager David Dukes was eager to see the new vehicle, and wanted to recognize Conway’s Brandon Piccarreto, Leasing Representative, and Ed Dunlop, Western NY Director of Operations, for their help with this build.

The truck will hit the road on Monday, delivering meals produced by the Community Kitchen to meal sites at various after-school programs across Rochester. 

 

Bills’ ‘Tackle Hunger’ campaign yields 23,000 cans of soup for regional food banks

The long-awaited postseason appearance is what mattered most to local Bills’ fans this year. 

For local food banks, the regular season wasn’t bad, either. 

Thanks to another successful “Tackling Hunger with the Buffalo Bills” campaign, the team, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets and Campbell’s Chunky soup, donated 23,040 cans of soup to the Food Bank of WNY, Foodlink, the Food Bank of CNY and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. 

The Bills pledge to donate 20 cans for every tackle made … and the Bills’ defense racked up 1,016 during the regular season this year (20,320). To celebrate the great season the Bills had, Campbell’s added nearly 3,000 extra cans to the total. 

The soup delivery was made at the Food Bank of WNY’s distribution center on Feb. 16, and they will work with other food banks to deliver each share across the state. 

“Helping to eradicate hunger is a core part of our community mission at Tops,” said Frank Curci, Tops Markets chairman of the board and CEO.  “This program was a true partnership and it allowed us to move one step closer to that goal. I want to thank the Buffalo Bills and Campbell’s Soup Company for sharing that same mission.”

Food Bank of WNY staff welcome in the donation during a Feb. 16 event.

Foodlink excited to partner with Three Heads Brewing for Be Kind Festival

Ray Mahar, left, is one of Foodlink’s Curbside Market drivers. His band, A Girl Named Genny, will perform at the Be Kind Festival Feb. 16.

In an effort to help build a “kinder Rochester,” Three Heads Brewing is hosting the inaugural “Be Kind Festival and Benefit Show.”

The event on Feb. 16 will benefit three local non-profits: Foodlink, Sojourner House at PathStone and Camp Stomping Ground. Foodlink is the regional food bank that provides food to agencies throughout a 10-county region and targets the root causes of food insecurity through dozens of food-related programs and a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. Sojourner House at PathStone serves homeless women and children by providing housing, self-sufficiency skills, and education programs. Camp Stomping Ground is an overnight camp dedicated to empathy, self-direction, and possibility located in the Catskill Mountains outside of Binghamton.

“Three Heads has always strived to give back whenever possible to make Rochester a better place,” said Three Heads Co-founder Geoff Dale. “When the opportunity came up to host an event that would help generate revenue for multiple groups doing just that, we jumped at it. We are honored to be a part of this event and to be working with such incredible people and organizations.”

The event asks attendees to make a $10 donation at the door and will feature a raffle, catered food from Foodlink’s Community Kitchen and live music from A Girl Named Genny. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“Stomping Ground’s mission is to empower the next generation of leaders to be kind and empathetic,” said Camp Co-director Laura Kriegel. “We think that the best way to do that is to include everyone no matter their finances. This event will help us give access to families who would have never considered summer camp as an option.”

For more information, visit: www.bekindfestival.org.

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Who: Three Heads Brewing, Foodlink, Camp Stomping Ground and Sojourner House

What: Be Kind Festival and Benefit Show

Where: 186 Atlantic Ave., Rochester

When: Friday, Feb. 16; 6 – 10 p.m.