slider
slider
slider
slider
slider
slider
slider

Get Involved

Volunteer

Volunteer, and you’re giving more than your time.

You’re giving families, kids, and seniors nourishment they may not otherwise receive. And you’re giving them the hope, confidence, and energy they need to live a richer life.

Volunteer at Foodlink

Every year, more than 10,000 volunteers donate their time and talents to help Foodlink provide support for thousands of low-income residents.  Volunteers are essential at all levels of food bank operations, from sorting and repackaging food to helping at fundraising events. We also utilize more than 100 volunteers to assist with our nutrition education programs. To learn more about Cooking Matters and volunteer opportunities, click here.

The Curbside Market, Foodlink’s mobile market truck, is currently seeking volunteers to assist our drivers in day-to-day operations. The Curbside Market traveled to over 50 sites a week in and around the city of Rochester and served an average of over 1,200 individuals per month in 2015. For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Curbside Market, click here to download the Curbside FAQ.

Step-by-step guide to online registration

If you have questions about volunteering in our warehouse at Foodlink, please contact us at 585-413-4097 or volunteers@foodlinkny.org.

Volunteer Button

 

FAQ:

Do I need to sign up?
Yes, pre-registeration is required.  You can sign up by clicking the big green button above.

What is age requirement?  
You must be at least 8 years old (with adult supervision) to volunteer at our warehouse. Those 16 and older can volunteer unaccompanied.

What will I be doing?
If volunteering in the warehouse, you will be sorting through donated food and checking for quality control. You may also be asked to pack bags for our BackPack program for local children. You may also be bagging fresh produce for our partner agencies.

Where do I go?
If volunteering in the warehouse, you should park in Lot B, which is in the back of the Foodlink building at 1999 Mt. Read Boulevard.

What should I wear?
The warehouse can be chilly so dress comfortably and you must wear closed-toed shoes.

Board of Directors

Foodlink’s Board of Directors comprises community leaders who are passionate about our mission and committed to using their unique skill sets to help us reach our goals. The principal responsibility of our board of directors is three-fold:

  • To give Foodlink direction, establishing its vision, mission and values.
  • To provide oversight, especially in financial matters, to ensure accountability.
  • To ensure Foodlink has the resources it needs to do its work.

If you are interested in joining Foodlink’s Board, we recommend that you first serve as a volunteer on one of our board committees.  As a committee member, individuals have a chance to get to know the organization better, and to develop relationships with board members and key staff. After serving on a committee for a year or two, individuals are more equipped to understand the commitment of board service and the leadership culture.

Committees

The role of Foodlink board committees is to ensure best practices in the activities, or the major function, that the committee is assigned to.  Foodlink committees allow volunteers and potential board members to apply their existing expertise or build knowledge in an interest area.  Currently, the Foodlink board has an:

  • Executive Committee
  • Business Development Committee
  • Development/Fundraising Committee.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a board/committee member, please contact Terra Keller at (585) 413-4070.

Advocacy

Speak up and reach out.

 
Advocacy is critical to fighting hunger, and becoming a hunger relief advocate offers many ways to become active not only in important public policy issues, but also within our community. Being an advocate means communicating with your legislators about hunger issues. It can also simply mean talking with friends and family, posting on social media, and raising awareness about the need for a solution to hunger.
We encourage you to join us as a hunger relief advocate today. Look below for our current initiatives and get involved in fighting hunger in our community, in New York, and across America.
 
IDENTIFY YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES
 
Not sure who your representatives are? Visit these sites and enter your address:
NYS Assembly:
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search
NYS Senate:
http://www.nysenate.gov/senators
U.S. Reps & Senators:
http://www.elections.ny.gov/district-map/district-map.html

 

Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill

We’re joining Feeding America — the national network of more than 200 food banks — to ask Congress to pass a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. 

YOU can help by writing your senator and voicing your support for the bill. Feeding America has made it easier for all of us to advocate on behalf of our nation’s children by filling out this simple form. 

More than 22 million children receive free reduced-price lunch during the school year, but these children lack access to these important meals when school is out. Summer meals programs are made stronger through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. Tell your representatives to make a meaningful investment in our children’s future!

More information via: Feeding America | Food Research & Action Center

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP has enjoyed over four decades of bipartisan support and has helped to ensure vulnerable populations in our community can put food on the table. The program serves as the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, however it has encountered a large amount of political turbulence in recent years and is continuously threatened by funding cuts.
  • SNAP’s responsiveness to unemployment proved it to be one of the most effective safety net programs during the recent recession, providing families with a stable source of food. SNAP lifted 3.9 million Americans above the poverty line in 2011, including 1.7 million children and over 280,000 seniors.
  • SNAP also relieves pressure from Foodlink. The food bank could not meet the need for food assistance if SNAP eligibility or benefits were reduced. More than 60% of our clients are SNAP recipients. This means any cut to SNAP will result in an increase for our services and stretch our resources thin.
  • Foodlink sells more than $500/week in fresh produce to SNAP recipients; a decrease in their SNAP dollars will drastically diminish their opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our food access programs.
  • Foodlink conducts SNAP outreach to assist potential SNAP recipients with pre-screenings and application assistance. Our work alleviates the volume of denied applications processed by the Department of Social Services while streamlining the process for eligible individuals and families. During FY2013, Foodlink held about 40 outreach clinics, assisting in nearly 280 SNAP applications.
  • Recent SNAP Legislation Activity: The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 passed in the Senate in June calls for $4.1 billion in SNAP cuts over 10 years. The House passed the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act in September 2013 with a $39 billion cut to SNAP over 10 years.

New York State Legislative Priorities

For questions regarding the position of Foodlink on NYS policy issues please contact us.