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 15,000 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 welcome 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 more than 60 sites per week in Rochester, as well as the outlying counties in our service area, and attracts nearly 25,000 customer visits per year. For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Curbside Market, click here to download the Curbside FAQ.
If you have questions about volunteering in our warehouse at Foodlink, please contact us at 585-413-4097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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U.S. Reps & Senators:
Protect SNAP & TEFAP
Proposed budget takes aim at Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (May, 2017)
Federal nutrition programs are critical to helping families facing hunger. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps families make ends meet by stretching their grocery budgets. Sometimes called “food stamps,” those few SNAP dollars every week make all the difference in the world when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides food banks with nutritious food from U.S. growers and producers and also helps transport and store the food. Without the program, less meals make it onto the plates of hungry families and farmers are forced to let fresh, nutritious food wither and rot.
President Trump’s latest federal budget takes direct aim at these programs and could result in at least 4.5 billion fewer meals to hungry families each year.
Send a message to Congress now – tell them to fight back against any attempts to cut federal nutrition programs such as SNAP and TEFAP.
Sign the letter: http://bit.ly/2qjH31r
The following infographic is provided by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). For more information on FRAC and hunger-related issues, visit their website.