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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

To get started, please download the Quick Start Guide and Food Drive Application. Filling out the form is mandatory for all food drives, even if you have hosted one before.

For more information, contact Juliana Stefani (585) 413-4077

Upcoming Events and Fundraisers:


July 30

Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent magazine is hosting a Back-to-School Education & Enrichment Fair at Eastview Mall on July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Foodlink will be on hand to share information about our BackPack Program and accept donations. The fair is part of the mall’s “Super Saturday” series, which is held on the last Saturday of each month and caters to families.

For more information, you can check out the event page on the magazine’s Facebook page. 


August 22

The annual toy drive and fundraiser will be held Aug. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Shore Country Club. This year’s event, “Summer Sipping on the Patio,” will benefit the BackPack Program at Foodlink.

There will be a sampling of Constellation wins, a variety of appetizers, raffles, a food drive and more. To date, the organization has donated more than $29,000 in toys and gifts to Toys for Tots.

Tickets are available pre-sale only for $28. To purchase tickets, Contact Christine Lemcke (585) 967-3905, Laura Acciaio (585) 746-0260 or email

Visit their website for more information.


Sept. 10

The Rochester Rhinos will welcome Foodlink and other area non-profits and charities to its Sept. 10 Charity Night game on Sept. 10 against New York Red Bulls II.

Fans interested in supporting both the Rhinos and Foodlink can purchase tickets right here. For every $15 ticket sold, $5 goes toward Foodlink and its mission to end hunger.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Red Tail Ridge Winery: Good Karma
Red Tail Ridge Winery is proud to support Foodlink by 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.

Festival of Food




Festival of Food features more than 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries, specialty food purveyors and farms. It’s the best and biggest food and drink tasting event in the region!

Join us Monday, Sept. 19 between 6 and 9 p.m. for Foodlink’s annual fundraiser and celebrate the best food and drink that the Rochester area has to offer. Tickets ($50) are now on sale. There will be no half-price ticket sales this year. A limited number of tickets will be made available on the day of the event for $60.

Hope to see you there!

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The Honey Smugglers will perform at this year’s event. Check out their Facebook page

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Applications (PDFs): Vendors | Sponsors

Vendors can contact Jeff Fleming (, (585) 413-4081) with any questions and can mail completed packets to: Foodlink, Attn: Jeffrey Fleming, 1999 Mt Read Blvd, Rochester, NY 14615


 Confirmed sponsors for 2016

Wegmans (Lead sponsor)
GMR Associates
Power Management
Excellus BCBS
Pro-Temp Mechanical
Big Apple Deli Products
Gallina Development
The Bonadio Group

In-kind sponsors

City of Rochester
McCarthy Tents & Events

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. Be on the lookout for the 2016 September calendar later this year.
  • Here’s a look back at last year’s: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 8th, 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
  • Festival of Food: The annual tasting event is Sept. 19. 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.  

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

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Fill the bus and help fill the bellies of hungry children in the Rochester region.

Wegmans, Foodlink, 13WHAM, Fox Rochester, and the CW teamed up for a two-week food drive, “Fill the Bus” to benefit Foodlink’s BackPack program, which alleviates child hunger on weekends and school breaks. Shoppers visited their local Wegmans stores from Sept. 13-26 and donated suggested items for the BackPack program. Each store had wish lists posted as well as suggested items for sale. Shoppers also could purchase $5 or $10 bags filled with the most-needed items. All donations stayed in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

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Foodlink operates the BackPack program at more than 60 area schools, reaching more than 2,000 children each week. Each Friday or before a holiday, a child is given a bag in their backpack filled with enough healthy, kid-friendly meals to last all weekend. The hope is by alleviating child hunger, these children can be focused on school and success.

In its first two years, the Fill the Bus food drive has brought in more than 189,000 pounds of food. The goal for the third year was 160,000 pounds of food — enough to fill 40,000 bags of food for the children. (An average bag weighs 4 lbs). Thanks to Wegmans, 13WHAM and amazing participation by the community, 197,852 pounds of food was donated to our program. Thanks to all who donated!

Other important info:

  • 1 in 5 children in our area are considered food insecure – which basically 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)

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.

Visit local Tops stores and independent retailers (below) from January 30, 2016 to February 20, 2016 to participate!

  • TOPS Markets
  • Abundance Cooperative Market, Rochester
  • Big M, Gates
  • Breen’s Market, Williamson
  • Breen’s Market, Palmyra
  • Caledonia Marketplace, Caledonia
  • Hart’s Local Grocers, Rochester
  • Hegedorn’s Market, Webster
  • Herrema’s Marketplace, Irondequoit
  • Lori’s Natural Foods, Henrietta
  • Perry Food Market, Perry
  • West’s Shurfine, Honeoye
  • West’s Shurfine, Livonia

 Thank you for supporting Foodlink!

Food for Families

Food for Families is one of the largest food and funds drives for Foodlink, and a collaboration with Tops Friendly Markets and WROC-TV.  In 2015, shoppers dropped off food and/or monetary donations to local Tops stores on Dec.11, helping us to bring in over $23,000 and more than 60,000 pounds of food! WROC-TV reported live throughout the day, rotating between the Mt. Read, Brighton, Perinton and Spencerport stores. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to support our efforts to end hunger and leverage the power of food to build a healthier community.

We hope to see you again for another great year in 2016.  Please check back in November 2016 to learn more about dates and locations!

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. Our 2016 event, which marked the fourth year that Foodlink has been involved, raised more than $27,000!

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.

Tickets include:

  • 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 2016 sponsors:

Head of the Class
Key Bank
Harris Beach

AP Enterprises
Five Star Improvements
Flaum Family
Hayley Aldrich
Power Management
Realty Performance
Webster Properties / The Mountainside Lodge

Bonadio Group
Buckingham Properties
Constellation Brands
Costanza Enterprises
Cornell’s Jewelers
Culver Road Armory
DiMarco Group
First Niagara
FL Gorman, Esq.
Gallina Development
HB Cornerstone
Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP
Mead Malloy Insurance Agency
Morgan Management
Park Ave Bike Shop
Passero Associates
PICS Telecom
Dunkin Donuts/The Ribeiro Companies
Schantz Homes
Seabreeze Pavement
Spezio Property Services
Stifel/The Brown Group
Woods Oviatt Gilman
Valenti Sports

Aloi Materials Handling
AM Stern Roofing
Jeff Balta and Family
Dawn Aprile Real Estate Developer
Donovan Real Estate Services
Eco Seal
FDP Management, LLC.
GJ Romig
HighPoint Business Park
Leo J Roth Corp.
Loria Electric
My House Digital
Normandy Financial
Pittsford-Brighton Snowplowing and Landscape Services, Inc
The Pierce Family
The Mens Room
Superior Contracting Services (SCS)
Sign and Lighting Services (SLS)

Cardwell Construction
Hunt Properties
Iron Smoke Whiskey
Jacqueline Hopkinson, Esq / Woodbury Corp.
One Step Tree and Lawn Care
Rochester Colonial
Rochester Home Builders
Ski Company
Skivington Law
Village Gate/Gary Stern
Whaleback Farms
Welch & O’Donoghue Surveyors

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