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Events & Fundraisers
Our dedicated staff, with the help of loyal volunteers, hosts events throughout the year. Each event is unique and engaging – thank you to all who participate!
Hosting an Event or Fundraiser
For more information, contact Juliana Stefani (585) 413-4077
Upcoming Events and Fundraisers:
Agness Wine Cellars Foodlink Fundraiser
Throughout the month of November, Agness Wine Cellars will be donating $1 per bottle of its 2016 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling sold at its various wine-tasting events. The total raised will be matched by Agness Wine Cellars partners Randy Agness and David Lanzillo.
This is the inaugural year of the fundraiser, but one that both Agness and Lanzillo hope to grow into an annual event to benefit Foodlink and the thousands of people we serve.
Learn more about Agness Wine Cellars by visiting their website.
ROC the Day
“Giving Tuesday” is almost here! The week after we all give thanks, after “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” have passed, everyone has the opportunity to give back. ROC the Day, which is powered by the United Way of Greater Rochester, will be held Nov. 28.
This 24-hour online giving campaign provides a streamlined process for community members to give to their favorite non-profits and local charities.
We hope you will consider making a gift to Foodlink during this year’s campaign. To learn more, visit ROCtheDay.org.
Red Tail Ridge Winery: Good Karma
Red Tail Ridge Winery is proud to support Foodlink by doing what they do best, making wine. Ten percent of the profits from their Good Karma wine goes to Foodlink.
In late October, the winery announced that more than $25,800 has been donated since the fundraiser began!
For more information on the wine, the winery and where to purchase Good Karma, click here.
Festival of Food
We owe a huge thank you to all of the attendees, vendors and sponsors that made this event possible. And to the weather, which cooperated nicely! We hope everyone had a fantastic time and hope to see you again next year.
PHOTOS: Facebook album from the event
Congrats to the vendors that took home the Best Taste awards! We surveyed festivalgoers during and after the event to find out their favorites, and here’s who emerged from that list:
Festival of Food, Foodlink’s annual fundraiser, features more than 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and specialty food purveyors. It’s the best and biggest food and drink tasting event in the region!
Join us Monday, Sept. 18 between 6 and 9 p.m. at the City of Rochester Public Market for Foodlink’s annual fundraiser and celebrate the best food and drink that the Rochester area has to offer.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Purchase online
General admission – $50
VIP experience – $75 (SOLD OUT)
NEW THIS YEAR!! The VIP experience includes a pre-event happy hour at Cure with a complimentary drink and a special tasting from Wegmans and The Foodlink Kitchen. Early entrance to the festival is also included (no waiting in line!), as well as premium parking, and seating during the event. Purchase your VIP tickets (online only) for all this and more!
Thank you to our list of 2017 sponsors!
Big Apple Deli Products
The Bonadio Group
DeCarolis Truck Rental
A&G Food Service
Animal Hospital of Pittsford
Jay-C Fire Equipment
Special Touch Bakery
If you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities — or any other festival details — contact:
Juliana Stefani, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the more than 100 vendors who will take part in the 2017 festival!
Pick up a CITY newspaper on Sept. 13 to view a complete guide to the festival, with descriptions of more than 100 delicious vendors!
|Restaurant / Caterer||Bakery / Dessert|
|Agatina’s||Amazing Grains Bread Co.|
|Amore by Wegmans||Brian’s Kitchen|
|Biaggi’s||Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery|
|Big Tree Inn||Get Caked|
|Burger Bar by Wegmans||Hedonist Artisan Chocolates|
|Burgundy Basin||Hetties Delites|
|Cooking and Eating Healthy with Phil||Jon John’s Bakery|
|Daily Refresher||Moonlight Creamery|
|Erie Grill||Small World Bakery|
|Everyday Gourmet Café||Special Touch|
|Gray Ghost Gourmet||Kettle Ridge Farm|
|Grinds Café||Kirby’s Farm Market|
|James Browns Place||Food trucks|
|Jetty at the Port|
|Juan and Marias||Chef’s Catering|
|Label 7||Effortlessly Healthy|
|Livie’s Jamaican Restaurant & Import Market||Marty’s Meats|
|Napa Wood Fired Pizzaria and Bistro|
|New York Wine & Culinary Center/ Upstairs Bistro||Alcoholic Beverages|
|Next Door By Wegmans|
|Nosh||Anthony Road Winery|
|Nox||Apple Country Spirits|
|Orange Glory||Black Button Distillery|
|Relish||Casa Larga Vineyards|
|Root 31||CB Craft Brewers|
|Salenas Mexican Restaurant||Embark Craft Ciderworks|
|Sapori Café and Catering||Fulkerson Winery|
|Sea Restaurant||Genesee Brew House|
|The Pub by Wegmans||Heron Hill Winery|
|Tuckers Diner/Bakery||Honeoye Falls Distillery|
|Warfields Restaurant||JD Wine Cellars|
|Wilshire Catering ( The Salad Man)||Knucklehead Craft Brewing|
|Zoc’s Gourmet Burgers and Shakes||Montezuma Winery|
|Mullers Cider House|
|Specialty Food||Naked Dove Brewing Company|
|Cosimano & Ferrari Olive Oil Company||New Belgium Brewing Co.|
|Evoke Natural Foods||OSB Ciderworks|
|F. Olivers Oils and Vinegars||Red Tail Ridge Winery|
|Fare Game Food co.||Reinvention Brewing Company|
|Florida Nut House||Roc Brewing Co.|
|Geulas||Rohrbach Brewing Co.|
|Headwater Food Hub/The GOOD FOOD Collective||Rootstock Ciderworks|
|Mountain Rise Organics||Swift Water Brewing|
|Once Again Nut Butter||Three Brothers Winery|
|Small World Fermentary||Zugibe Vineyards|
|Wegmans Cheese Caves||Non-alcoholic beverages|
|Happy Earth Tea|
|Information||Joe Bean Coffee Roasters|
|East Ave. Grocery Run||Union Place Coffee|
|CITY News||Yurbamate Café ft. Hallelujah Tea|
|Maines Food and Party Warehouse|
|Rochester Public Market|
While you’re enjoying all of the food and drink that surrounds you, don’t forget to visit our raffle tent to scope out some unbelieveable prizes. Details below…
Hunger Action Month
September is Hunger Action Month (H.A.M.), which is the Feeding America® network’s annual awareness campaign designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. The campaign brings attention to the reality of food insecurity in the United States and promotes ways for individuals to get involved in the movement to help end hunger. Food insecurity affects more than 48 million Americans in every corner of our nation — and more than 156,000 people (1 out of every 8) in Foodlink’s 10-county service area. This month, we raise our voice to ensure that no child, adult or senior goes to sleep on an empty stomach.
Events are planned throughout the month to raise awareness about our effort to build a healthy, hunger-free community.
- 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar: Foodlink’s call-to-action calendar, pictured above, is a great resource on how you can do something about hunger all month long. | Download & print it
- Volunteer. Donate. Advocate: There are many ways you can help Foodlink better serve our neighbors in need:
- Government Proclamations: In years past, City Hall and the NYS Senate & Assembly have designated September as Hunger Action Month. We have sent letters to many local leaders once again, asking them to help raise awareness for an issue that affects so many of their constituents. (Update: City Hall and Mayor Lovely Warren have issued a proclamation. View it here.)
- Lighting of the Library: The Rundell Library in Downtown Rochester will ‘go orange’ for Foodlink by displaying orange lighting September 1-14.
- Hunger Action Day: Orange is the color of hunger (the first food stamps were orange). On Sept. 14, wear orange to show your support and raise awareness.
- “On an empty stomach …”: The theme for this year’s Hunger Action Month is that Americans who suffer from hunger cannot reach their full potential. YOU can bring awareness to this devastating feeling by participating in a quick exercise on social media. | Print me out, share with the world
- Social Media: Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Change your Facebook and Twitter profile and cover pics to orange. Then post pictures online and tag #hungeractionmonth and mention @foodlinkny.
- Food drives: This year, Constellation Brands is holding a food drive at dozens of area restaurants and wine stores. Check out where you can drop off non-perishable food items on our blog.
- Foodlink’s front lawn: This year, we wanted to provide the public with a visualization of the impact that food security has on our 10-county region. Each orange plate on Foodlink’s front lawn represents 1,000 people. There are 156 plates, for the 156,000 people in our region who often don’t know when or where they’ll be getting their next meal. Stop by our headquarters at 1999 Mt. Read Blvd. if you’re interested in checking it out.
- Festival of Food: Our annual fundraiser is Sept. 18. More than 100 restaurants, wineries and breweries will offer samples of the best food and drink from the Rochester/Finger Lakes region. Proceeds benefit Foodlink. | Purchase tickets
- Fill the Bus: Our annual campaign to urge the public to donate food for our BackPack Program, which we coordinate with Wegmans, 13WHAM ABC, WUHF Fox Rochester, and CW Rochester, begins Sept. 8. Look out for details soon regarding a kickoff event!
- Take our Hunger Action Month quiz.
Read up! Interested in the topic of hunger and food insecurity? Wondering how to talk to your kids about it? Check out our Hunger Action Month reading list for some suggested books.
Watch a film: We’ve supplied a list of some enlightening films that tackle the subject of hunger. Check it out and set aside some time to sit down and watch one during Hunger Action Month.
Hunger Action Month is about action. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Do what you can to help end hunger is this community.
More resources are available at hungeractionmonth.org.
Fill the Bus
UPDATE: Thank you, Wegmans shoppers! Because of your generosity once again, were were able to collect more than 292,000 pounds of food through this year’s Fill the Bus campaign!!!
Until next year …
Fill the bus and help fill the bellies of hungry children in the Rochester region.
Foodlink, Wegmans, 13WHAM ABC, WUHF Fox Rochester, and CW Rochester will team up once again for a two-week food drive, “Fill the Bus,” to benefit Foodlink’s BackPack program, which alleviates child hunger on weekends and school breaks. Each Friday or before a holiday, a child who is at risk of food insecurity is given a bag in their backpack filled with enough healthy, kid-friendly meals to last all weekend. Children who are properly nourished are more attentive in class, can concentrate better on exams, and have a better chance of graduating.
Our 2017 Fill the Bus campaign runs from Sept. 8-23.
Shoppers can visit their local Wegmans stores and donate suggested items for the BackPack program at checkout. Each store has wishlists posted as well as suggested items for sale. Shoppers also could purchase bags ranging from $5 to $20 filled with the most-needed items. All donations stay in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.
Foodlink operates the BackPack program at more than 80 area schools, and reached more than 4,000 children during the 2016-17 school year.
The Rochester community has responded graciously to this annual campaign, and each year, donations have increased. Since 2013, approximately 925,000 pounds of food have been collected for the BackPack Program!
Year ………. Pounds
2013 ………. 50,410
2014 ………. 138,637
2015 ………. 197,852
2016 ………. 247,883
2017 ………. 292,046
Other important info:
- 1 in 5 children in our area are considered food insecure – which essentially means they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
- Suggested items included healthy, kid-friendly food such as: healthy cereal, oatmeal cups, applesauce cups, granola bars, macaroni and cheese, juice boxes (100% fruit), boxed raisins, peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken, canned fruit and vegetables (pop-tops preferred)
- Learn more about ways to support the BackPack program.
Check Out Hunger
Check Out Hunger is a point-of-sale campaign at local partnering grocers. Every time you are grocery shopping, say ‘YES’ when your cashier asks if you would like to Check Out Hunger! The money raised from this campaign directly supports programs that help end hunger and build a healthier community.
This year’s Check Out Hunger campaign with Wegmans runs from October 29 through December 3.
This funding is critical to many of the food-related programs at Foodlink. Last year, Wegmans shoppers collectively donated $680,816.62! Thank you in advance for your support!
Tops Friendly Markets and several other local grocers also hold a Check Out Hunger campaign with us every winter. We’ll be announcing that campaign and various locations in late 2017.
Thank you to all of the Tops locations and all of the stores that participated in our early 2017 event! They included:
Abundance Cooperative Market, Breen’s Market, Breen’s Shop’n Save, Caledonia Marketplace, Gates Big M, Hegedorn’s Market, Herrema’s Food Market, Lori’s Natural Foods, Mullers Cider House, Perry Food Market, West’s Shurfine Food Market, West’s Shurfine.
Food for Families
We’re excited to once again partner with WROC-TV and Tops Friendly Markets for the annual Food for Families campaign this year!
This year, we’re also pleased to have WCMF Radio join us as we plan another successful campaign to benefit our neighbors in need.
Last year, we were able to collect 61,122 pounds of food and raise more than $12,000!
The 11th annual Food for Families event is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2017. The campaign itself, featuring our “Little Brown Bags of Hope,” will be hitting Tops locations starting on Nov. 19. Shoppers have the option of donating $5 (breakfast), $10 (lunch) and $20 (dinner at the register when they check out. Donations are also accepted via the Tops website.
On Dec. 8, the campaign will culminate with an all-day celebration that will be broadcast live by WROC-TV at two main Tops locations in Greece (3507 Mt. Read Blvd.) and Henrietta (1225 Jefferson Road). WCMF’s The Break Room and Kane-O will also be live throughout the day.
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by in the past to support our efforts. We hope to see you again this year!
Forks & Skis
Forks and Skis is a ski event at Bristol Mountain open to the public for those interested in hitting the slopes while helping Foodlink fulfill its mission of a healthy, hunger-free community. In five years, the event has raised more than $100,000!
The event was previously named the Muxy Ski-Off in honor of the late Gary Muxworthy, a sports enthusiast who devoted much of his life to raising money for charities through exciting sporting events.
Please check out the Forks & Skis Facebook page with a gallery of photos from the past events. Sponsorships are available by contacting Juliana Stefani (585-413-4077, email@example.com) and visiting our secure online donation page and choosing “Forks & Skis” from the dropdown menu.
- Bristol Mountain Lift Pass
- Lunch in the Bristol Mountain Ski Lodge
- Admission in to the NASTAR Open Timing Race (optional)
- ‘Dash for Cash’ (top 8 Mens and Women from the Open Timing Race are eligible)
- One free drink at our Apres Ski party! The Apres Ski party will feature a cash bar, awards presentation for the ‘Dash for Cash’, and music by the WillBillys!
Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors …
Head of the class
Gallina Development Corp.
Rainaldi Brothers Inc.
PICS Telecom and Sandstone Technologies
Royal Oak Realty Trust
Leo J Roth
Donovan Real Estate Services
Aprile Ventures, LLC
Sign and Lighting Services LLC
Jeff & Patrice Pierce
Hunt Real Estate
Sandy & Courtney Williams
RE/Max Realty Group
Aloi Materials Handling
Wayne Cooperative Insurance Company
Jackie Hopkinson (Woodbury Management)
Whaleback Preserve Club
The Men’s Room
Iron Smoke Whiskey
Park Ave. Bike Shop
Newsletters & Press
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- 2017 Spring/Summer Newsletter
- 2016 Annual Report
- 2016 Fall Newsletter
- 2016 Spring Newsletter
- 2015 Annual Report
- 2015 Fall Newsletter
- 2015 Spring Newsletter
- 2014 Annual Report
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In the news …
- (11/10, 13 WHAM) A Thanksgiving tradition: Rosa Wims dinner served to those in need
- (11/7, Messenger Post) Wegmans shoppers urged to ‘Check Out Hunger’
- (11/1, RBJ) Farm bill commenters urge support for food stamps, farm research
- (10/27, Fox Rochester) Foodlink prepares for annual Grocery Run
- (10/22, WHEC 10) Rochester in Focus: If Music Be the Food
- (10/16, 13 WHAM) Foodlink recovering from vandalism, asks for community’s support
- (10/14-16) Lexington Ave. Urban Farm vandalized; Coverage from: 13 WHAM | WHEC 10 | WROC 8 | D&C | WXXI
- (10/12, News 8) Windstream prepares, packages meals for Foodlink
- (10/12, 13 WHAM) Arc of Monroe cooking class empowers people with disabilities
- (10/4, Livingston County News) Curbside Market adds Lima to Livingston County stops
- (9/20, WHEC) Foodlink Curbside Market coming to county DHS offices on Westfall Rd.
- (9/17, WHEC) Rochester in Focus
- (9/14, Fox Rochester) Foodlink spreads awareness during Hunger Action Month
- (9/8, Fox Rochester) “Fill the Bus” campaign underway at Wegmans, helps feed the hungry
- (9/7, 13 WHAM) Bright Spot: A growing partnership
- (9/1, WXXI) Foodlink sets up visual reminder for Hunger Action Month
Recent Press Releases / Media alerts (date sent to media)
- (11/8) Rosa’s Thanksgiving returns for 32nd year
- (10/26) Wegmans shoppers urged to ‘Check Out Hunger’ this fall
- (9/8) Fill the Bus campaign underway at Wegmans
- (9/1) Hunger Action Month begins
- (8/25) Festival of Food tickets on sale now
- (8/18) Constellation Brands announces food drive
- (8/1) Summer Meals extends reach by hitting the road
- (7/7) Curbside Market summer schedule underway
- (6/14) Foodlink, officials celebrate new kitchen
- (6/10) Summer Meals Fest takes over Frontier Field
- (5/19) Canstruction Rochester begins this weekend
- (5/5) Report: Food insecurity rate remains flat in Rochester area