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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 Fundraisers:

May 20th: Iced Coffee Day, Dunkin Donuts

Buy an iced coffee at any local Dunkin Donuts and Foodlink will receive $1 from every purchase.  It’s that easy!  Thanks to DD for the wonderful opportunity!

Ongoing Fundraisers

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


Festival of Food


 Save the date: Festival of Food will be Monday, September 21st from 6-9pm at the Rochester Public Market.

Festival of Food features 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.

Tickets on sale NOW at Wegmans or online:



Vendor registration is underway. Sign up today to participate! 2015 Vendor Packet

2015 sponsorship opportunities are available. Check out this year’s sponsorship packet.

2015 Sponsors:

GMR Associates
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Power Management
Santiago Burger LLP
Constellation Brands
Gallina Development
The Bonadio Group
Big Apple Deli Products
Seneca Foods
DeCarolis Truck Rental
Gatti Plumbing
Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
GLK Foods
City Dining Cards
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Belmont Management

In 2014, more than $90,000 was raised for Foodlink.


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Hunger Action Month


September is Hunger Action Month (HAM). HAM is the Feeding America® network’s nationwide 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. Events are planned throughout the month to raise awareness about the effort to build a healthy, hunger-free community.

  • 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 your calendar today.calendar
  • Government Proclamation: City Hall and the NYS Assembly have designated September as Hunger Action Month.
  • Lighting of the Library: The Rundell Library in Downtown Rochester will ‘go orange’ for Foodlink by displaying orange lighting throughout the month of September.
  • Hunger Action Day: Orange is the color of hunger (the first food stamps were orange). On September 3rd, 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
  •  Spoontember:  This online initiative all month long, supporters can share a ‘spoon selfie’ and challenge friends to do the same. Include a hunger fact too to raise awareness! Don’t forget to tag @foodlinkny and use #spoontember
  • Festival of Food: The annual tasting event is September 21st 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.

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


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.


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 25 – February 21, 2015:

Tops Friendly Markets (February 1-21)
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.

Forks & Skis

Thank you!  Thanks to the 40 sponsors and more than 90 attendees, Forks and Skis 2015 raised over $25,000 for Foodlink and our efforts to end hunger in the region.

Forks and Skis is a ski event open to the public for those interested in hitting the slopes while helping Foodlink fulfill its mission of a healthy, hunger-free community.


This was the third year for the charity ski event.  In 2013 and 2014, the event was named the Muxy Ski-Off in honor of the late Gary Muxworthy.  Mr. Muxworthy was a sports enthusiast who devoted much of his life to raising money for charities through exciting sporting events. In its three years, the event has now raised over $70,000 for Foodlink.

Please check out the Forks & Skis Facebook page with a gallery of photos from the 2015 event.

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors:

Head of the Class
Harris Beach

Constellation Brands
Power Management
I. Gordon Corporation
Flaum Management
Realty Performance Group
Four Points Remodeling

Cardwell Construction
Woods Oviatt Gilman
Sermar Management
Schantz Homes
HB Cornerstone
Morgan Management
Buckingham Properties
FL Gorman, Esq
Stifil Investment Services

ReMax First Commercial
Dawn Aprile, Real Estate Developer
Gatti Plumbing
Passero Associates
House Digital
Bytronics, Inc.
Costanza Family Foundation
Aloi Materials Handling
illone Mechanical
Lakeview Lawn and Landscape
Pittsford Brighton Plowing and Landscape Service, Inc.

One Step Tree and Lawncare
Fred Huberlie
Dave Rumsey
GNR Corp
RM Landscape
American Portfolio Financial Services
Welch & O’Donoghue
Flower City Management
Rochester Home Builders Association