News & Events

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 Community Relations Manager, Terra Keller at or (585)328.3380 x131


Upcoming Events 

April 26th: Pancake Breakfast to Support Cooking
9-11am, St. Mark’s & St. John’s Church, 1245 Culver Rd., Rochester

Click here for more information.

Click here to purchase your ticket online.







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.

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

Savings for a Cause


Fundraising Campaigns

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 provide hunger relief, eliminate the root causes of hunger, improve health and promote economic development.

Wegmans participated in the fall of 2013.

 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!




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In a region rich with a history of philanthropy, Foodlink is proud to recognize those who give back during National Volunteer Week.  Rochester ranks #2 among U.S. cities in volunteerism, according to a recent government report.  More than 35% of individuals locally volunteer in some capacity – that’s about 287,000 people who donate their time and efforts to causes important to them.

 Foodlink, the regional food bank, relies a great deal on its volunteers to carry out its mission of ending hunger.  From corporate groups, to youth organizations to individuals who simply want to help out, Foodlink accommodates a wide range of volunteers each year.  In FY2013, Foodlink hosted 6,700 volunteers for a total of 32,000 donated hours.  Volunteers at Foodlink help sort and pack donated food for distribution to our 500 partner agencies.  They also offer support and help facilitate our nutrition education programs as well as lend assistance at various fundraising events throughout the year.

“Volunteers are critical to the daily operations at Foodlink.  We are thankful so many are dedicated to making an impact on local hunger,” said Terra Keller, Foodlink’s Community Relations Manager. “This week, it is important to thank all those who have taken time out of their busy lives to support Foodlink and help those in need within our community.  We hope others will be encouraged to follow suit.”

In the spirit of this year’s theme, Celebrate Service, Foodlink welcomed a group of 40 students from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College on Tuesday, April 8th.  These pharmacy students volunteered their time inside Foodlink’s warehouse during their own day of service. 

“Our mission at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy (WSOP) is to prepare pharmacists for lives of intellectual, professional, and civic integrity,” said Scott Swigart, Dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. “Alongside our classroom and clinical teaching, we actively engage our students in community service throughout our program, through community outreaches, service-learning courses and our annual service day.  As important as it is to train our students to be knowledgeable and professional pharmacists, we are also equipping them to live a life committed to service within our own communities and throughout the world.”   

Jason Quitadamo was among the pharmacy students who volunteered at Foodlink on Tuesday.  “Part of our job is to serve our patients and we see this as a venue to do that, not just on professional level, but as our civic duty to our community.”

Because Foodlink is a hub of volunteer activity, the organization also hosts the Finger Lakes Regional Volunteer Center (FLRVC) – a catalyst for community service in Monroe and surrounding counties. The FLRVC is an online portal, connecting non-profit organizations in need of volunteers with individuals interested in volunteering.  Through the website,, currently more than 100 organizations, including Foodlink, are signed up and 15,000 connections have been made in the past year.

April 4: Great American Milk Drive

March 20: Looking forward to the farmers markets

March 10: Popeye Was Right

March 3: Nutrition Changes to WIC

February 19: Providing healthy meals during winter break

February 4: Customized Nutrition Education

January 22: Featured in Wegmans Menu Magazine

January 17: Check Out Hunger

January 10: Wonderful Beans

January 6: Oven Roasted Root Vegetables

December 19: It All Started with English Muffins


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.

  • Rochester Proclamation: City Hall is designating September as Hunger Action Month. City Hall will turn its lights orange in commemoration.  
  • Lighting of the Library: The Rundell Library in Downtown Rochester will ‘go orange’ for Foodlink by displaying orange lighting in the evenings from September 9-16
  • Go Orange for Hunger: Orange is the color of hunger (the first food stamps were orange). On September 5th, 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 #hungeaction. 
  • Social Media: Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram
  • 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar: A call to action calendar about hunger will be on display at Rochester libraries and recreation centers, as well as several faith-based organizations in the Rochester region.  The calendar has easy ways to take action against hunger.  Download a calendar today!
  • Festival of Food: The 10th annual tasting event is September 16th from 6-9pm atthe 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.
  • SNAP Challenge: Foodlink and other food banks are calling on individuals in the community to try to live on the budget of a SNAP recipient – $4.50 a day- for one week. Participants, including one here at Foodlink, are blogging about their experiences and they will be shared through social media.

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


Festival of Food

Foodlink hosted its 10th annual Festival of Food on Monday, September 16, 2013 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.  All proceeds benefit Foodlink.  Thank to all our vendors and sponsors.



Title Sponsor:


Tote Bag Sponsor:


Banner Sponsor:

GMR Associates
Big Apple Deli
Bonadio Group
GLK Foods/Silver Floss
Jay C Fire Equipment 


Friends of the Festival:

Cash Advance- New York
Canandaigua National Bank
A-One Carpet Cleaning and Restoration 

Guide Sponsors:

Seneca Foods 

In Kind Sponsors:

McCarthy Tent and Events
City Newspaper
Canfield and Tack
City of Rochester
Rochester Public Market
Signs Now
Conde Photography 


 For more information on sponsorship opportunities, click here.

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