About this program
Foodlink opened a community kitchen in 2001 with the goal of raising the bar on the nutritional quality of institutional meal service. Students who are well nourished have a greater opportunity for success inside the classroom — and in life. By offering innovative menu items and a commitment to go well beyond federal nutritional guidelines, the Foodlink Community Kitchen provides healthy, from-scratch meals to thousands of students daily in the City of Rochester.
During the school year, Foodlink acts as a Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP) vendor and/or sponsor for a variety of after-school programs in Rochester. In the summer months, Foodlink is one of two main vendors for the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester, which offers Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at more than 100 sites across the city.
After-school meals (CACFP)
Foodlink’s after-school meals, also known as the Kids Cafe program across the Feeding America network, are delivered to children through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The federal program gives children and teenagers the nutrition they need in a safe and fun after-school environment. Currently, Foodlink provides healthy meals and snacks to approximately 5,000 children at dozens of sites (e.g. city R Centers) every weekday during the school year. Because we are a mission-driven organization, we are committed to serving the healthiest meals possible to our children. Our menu follows the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines of providing whole grains, proteins, dairy, fruits and vegetables for the children who need it most.
Summer meals (SFSP)
The kitchen’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP, also known as Summer Meals) provides meals to children, a majority of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Over the summer, these children are at risk of hunger and studies have shown that less than half of the children who qualify for free meals during the school year, do not receive them during the summer.
Locally, Summer Meals is a collaboration with the City of Rochester, the Rochester City School District and several local organizations aiming to ensure children have a happy, healthy summer. Learn more about the partnership at www.summermealsroc.org.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Foodlink is requesting a waiver from the USDA for the requirement that first-week site visits be completed for all summer food service program meal sites. The request is to waive the requirement for returning sites that operated successfully during the previous summer and had no serious deficiency findings.
Community Kitchen Office: (585) 254-4423
Child Nutrition Programs Manager