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Events & Fundraisers

Our dedicated staff, with the help of loyal volunteers, host events throughout the year. Each event is unique and engaging – thank you to all who participate!

Hosting an Event/Fundraiser

If you are interested in hosting an event or fundraiser on behalf of Food please submit an Event Proposal by email or fax (both can be found on the application)

Please contact, Kim Montinarello at or (585)328.3380 x153

Upcoming Events 

Now through November 30th: Check Out Hunger
Area Wegmans stores

Add $2, $3, $5 to your grocery bill (or round up) at all area Wegmans.  100% of proceeds benefit Foodlink and our 30 food-related programs to address the root causes of hunger.

Click here for more information.

November 27th: Bunch of Turkeys
Bill Gray’s Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road.

Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex to host A BUNCH OF TURKEYS, a Thanksgiving morning charitable event benefiting Foodlink of Rochester. The event runs Thanksgiving morning from 9:00am to 11:00am and is comprised of two separate activities – a family skating event and a pick-up hockey event. For more information on the event, visit

December 2nd: ROC the Day
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Please support Foodlink during the one-day community online giving event.  We are fortunate this year to have a matching grant to double the impact of your ROC the Day gift. Richard and Tamye Lozyniak are matching the first $10,000 donated.  Learn more at

December 5th, December 19th, January 9th, January 23rd, February 20th: Amerks Star Toss
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester

Support Foodlink with the popular star toss during these Amerks games.  Winners keep half the money raised, Foodlink receives the rest.

December 12th: Food for Families

Local Tops Friendly Markets stores.

Tops, WROC-TV, and Foodlink are teaming up for the annual Food for Families food and funds drive.  WROC-TV will be reporting live on December 12th from the Tops on Mt. Read Blvd.  Individuals can support the event by donating food, money or through the eBay auction.  For more information on the event, click here.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Givin’ Bach

Rohrbach Brewing Company’s limited-edition charity brew supports Foodlink. $1 per pint goes to fight hunger in our community.  Givin’ Bach is available at Rohrbach’s, Good Luck, Johnny’s Irish Pub, Tap & Mallet, Hogan’s Hideaway, and Matthew’s East End Grill.

City Dining Cards

City Dining Cards are a deck of 52 cards with $10 discounts to all locally owned Rochester  restaurants and bars. A deck costs $20 dollars and there is over $500 dollars in savings. If you were to only use 2 cards, you would break even! The best part? 5% of every purchase goes to Foodlink! If you purchase the cards using promo-code: Foodlinkny, Foodlink receives 55% of your purchase. Dine local and fight hunger!

For lists of participating restaurants and to purchase the cards click here. Cards can also be purchased directly at Foodlink. Call Terra Keller, Event Manager at (585)328.3380 x131.

 Red Tail Ridge Winery: Good Karma

Red Tail Ridge Winery is proud to support Foodlink doing what they do best, making wine. 10% of the profits from their Good Karma wine goes to Foodlink. For more information on the wine, the winery and where to purchase Good Karma click here.


The app, foodtweeks is working to help people eat better in a sustainable way, and to fight hunger in America.

For every calorie our users “tweek” from their food, foodtweeks™ makes a donation to 
a local food bank so they can distribute the same number of nutritious calories to feed a hungry child and their family. There’s no cost of any kind to the foodtweeks™ user.

By following these two simple steps, you can support Foodlink for free.

Step 1: Download the free app on your Android or iPhone.  
Step 2: Create a free account in the app and enter the promo code FOODLINK

To learn more: go to

Venison Donation

Venison Donation Coalition is a non-profit organization that brings in donated venison, processes the meat, then donates it to Foodlink and other food banks around New York State.  The organization brings in more than 37 tons of venison each year, helping secure about 300,000 meals across the state.  Foodlink distributes its donated venison to area food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  Hunters interested in donating deer should call 1-866-862-DEER or go to

Check Out Hunger

Every year generous members of our community support Foodlink through a variety of fundraising campaigns. Fundraising campaigns raise funds, awareness, and longtime friends for Foodlink.

Check Out Hunger

Check Out Hunger is a point of sale campaign at local partnering grocers. Coupons for $2, $3, and $5 are placed at all registers. 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 to leverage the power of food to build a healthier community.


Wegmans is participating from October 25-November 29th.

 Participating Retailers January 19, 2014 – February 15th:

Tops Friendly Markets (January 26-February 15)
Abundance Cooperative Market
Big M Clifton Springs
Breen’s Market (Williamson, Palmyra)
Caledonia Marketplace
Lori’s Natural Foods
Perry Food Market
Wade’s Market Center
West’s Shurfine (Honeoye, Livonia) 

Thank you for supporting Foodlink!

Food for Families

Food for Familes is one of the largest food and funds drive for Foodlink.  A collaboration with Tops Friendly Markets and WROC-TV, shoppers can drop off food or donations to local Tops stores on Friday, December 12th.  They can also purchase llittle brown bags of hope at $5, $10, $20 filled with most-needed items.  WROC-TV will be reporting live from the Tops on Mt. Read Blvd in Rochester on December 12th so we welcome you to stop by and support our efforts to end hunger and leverage the power of food to build a healthier community.  Also, feel free to support the event through our ebay auction, where this year, there’s a beautiful Montanus Photography calendar available for purchase on Ebay.  Proceeds benefit Foodlink.  You can find more information here.

Festival of Food



Foodlink hosted its 10th annual Festival of Food on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Rochester Public Market. The Festival of Food featured over 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and farms sampling the best food and drink in the region. It’s the best and biggest food and drink tasting event in the region! The year brought in record attendance and brought in record proceeds.

More than $90,000 was raised for Foodlink.

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Title Sponsor:


Tote Bag Sponsor:

GMR Associates

Promotional Sponsor:

Power Management

T-Shirt Sponsor:


Tasting Plate Sponsor:


Banner Sponsor:

Constellation Brands
Big Apple Deli
DeCarolis Truck Rental
The Bonadio Group
GLK Foods
Jay-C Fire

Ad Sponsor:

Seneca Foods
Regional Distributors

Friends of the Festival:

Once Again Nut Butter


Hunger Action Month

Hunger Action Month is an initiative to mobilize the public about hunger-related issues. Foodlink, along with other Feeding America food banks, are shining a national spotlight on hunger during the month of September.  Events are planned throughout the month to raise awareness about the effort to build a hunger free community.

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  • Rochester Proclamation: City Hall is designating September as Hunger Action Month.
  • Lighting of the Library: The Rundell Library in Downtown Rochester will ‘go orange’ for Foodlink by displaying orange lighting in the evenings from September 1-14.
  • Hunger Action Day: Orange is the color of hunger (the first food stamps were orange). On September 4th, wear orange to show your support and raise awareness.  Change your Facebook and Twitter profile and cover pics to orange. Then post pictures online and tag #hungeraction.
  • Social Media: Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram
  • 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar: A call to action calendar about hunger is a great resource on how you can do something about hunger all month long.  Download a calendar today!!
  • Festival of Food: The 10th annual tasting event is September 15th from 6-9pm at the Rochester Public Market. 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.  Buy your tickets now.
  • Story Bank Project & Human Library:
  • On September 27th, library goers in downtown Rochester will be able to check out a human book at the downtown library, listen to a person’s story and ask questions.  A Foodlink rep, pantry director, and someone who struggles with hunger will be part of the program. For more information, click here.

Hunger Action Month is about action.  Donate.  Volunteer. Advocate.  Do what you can to help end hunger is this community.

Additional Hunger Action Month Calendar

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 More resources are available at


Fill the Bus

2014 marks the 2nd annual Fill the Bus food drive with Wegmans Food Markets.  Between September 13 and September 27, shoppers at all area Wegmans stores will be asked to donate food to Foodlink’s BackPack program.  The BackPack program fills a critical gap in nutrition by providing healthy and kid-friendly meals during the weekend.  In 2013, more than 50,000 pounds of food was donated.  That was enough food for 12,500 BackPack bags, or 25% of the bags distributed annually.

This year, Wegmans and Foodlink are proud to team up with 13WHAM-TV and Fox Rochester to raise awareness about this important program.

Here is a list of suggested items to donate.


Muxy Ski-Off

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Thank you to all the participants of the 2nd annual Muxy Ski-Off to Benefit Foodlink.  The March 7th event at Bristol Mountain raised more than $30,000!.  The charity ski event is named for Gary Muxworthy, a ski pioneer and benefactor who passed away in 2013.

All proceeds benefit Foodlink, the regional food bank and its hunger-related programs.

 Thank you to all our sponsors!

Title Sponsor:
The Polisseni Foundation

Head of the Class Sponsor:
Key Bank
Harris Beach

Dual Race Sponsor:
First Federal Plaza

Poker Run Sponsor:
Flaum Management Company

Apres Ski Sponsor:
Realty Performance Group
Constellation Brands

Lunch Sponsor:
Power Management

Gold Sponsor:
Sermar Management
Brocklebank Firm
Gallina Development
Delmonte Hotel Group
Remax First Commerical
HB Cornerstone
The Ski Company
American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc
Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP
John Schantz
Morgan Management
Woods Oviatt Gilman

Silver Sponsor:
Dawn Aprile Real Estate Developer
Passero Associates
Mark’s Pizzeria
Buckingham Properties
Bytronics, Inc
Irondequoit Lawn and Landscape
VanParys Associates
Canandaigua National Bank
Converse and Morell
Costanza Family Foundation

Bronze Sponsor:
Welsh and O’Donoghue Land Surveyors
Aaron Mills
Uptown Automotive
Lyons National Bank
Stern Properties
Timothy Potter
Fred Huberlie
Belmont Management
Freed Maxick
John and Julie Odenbach

Friends of Gary:
Neil, Lynn, Jill Keaton, Muxyworthy