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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 

January 26-February 21st: Check Out Hunger
Area Top stores & various local retailers

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.

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.

February 21st: Food Drive and Blood Drive
11am-3pm, The Mall at Greece Ridge

Support Foodlink and the American Red Cross for this food drive and blood drive. One blood donation saves three lives.  One dollar donation provides three meals to those in need. Food and financial contributions are accepted.  Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE to register for the blood drive.

March 6th: Forks & Skis Charity Ski Event
Bristol Mountain

Come out, take part in day of skiing at Bristol Moutain and give a hand in helping Foodlink fulfill its mission of a healthy,hunger-free community – See you on the slopes, Friday, March 6 from 12-5pm.  Attendance includes lunch, lift pass, optional timed race, and Apres Ski. For more information on the event, click here.

April 22nd: Hope on Tap
5:30-7:30pm, Genesee Brew House

Come support Foodlink and Be the Match, the two beneficiaries of the Genesee Brew House’s tasting room.  Food, music, raffles are available.  Learn more 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

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

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month®. Developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the month is dedicated to promoting healthy eating habits and improving food choices. Foodlink is once again taking part with a photo challenge and 31 days of recipes.  We encourage you to try these meals, take pictures and share on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).  Don’t forget to tag @foodlinkny and use #Rocnutrition. You’ll see each week is categorized by the MyPlate.  Each day of the week is also segmented including breakfast foods, kid-friendly, comfort foods, etc.




Calendars to Download:

Full color calendar to download

Black and white calendar to download

Daily Recipes:

March 1st: Breakfast Fruit Wrap

March 2nd: Warm Fruit & Couscous Salad

March 3rd: Mixed Berry Cobbler

March 4th: Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

March 5th: Apple & Pear Stir-Fry

March 6th: Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

March 7th: Apple Pie Shake

March 8th: Baked Oatmeal

March 9th: Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

March 10th: Sweet Potato Biscuits

March 11th: Colorful Quinoa Grecian Salad

March 12th: Chicken & Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup

March 13th: Spaghetti & Meatballs

March 14th: Chocolate Cake

March 15th: Hearty Egg Burritos

March 16th: Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

March 17th: Shepherd’s Pie

March 18th: Chicken Honey Stir-Fry

March 19th: Turkey & Bean Chili

March 20th: Tuna Boats

March 21st: Chocolate Mousse

March 22nd: Veggie Pancakes

March 23rd: Veggie Tortilla Pizzas

March 24th: Potato Corn Soup

March 25th: Rainbow Veggie Salad

March 26th: Italian Inspired Veggie Soup

March 27th: Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

March 28th: Pumpkin Pudding

March 29th: Four Fruit Yogurt Smoothie

March 30th: Spring Greens Frittata

March 31st: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Complete month of recipes

Festival of Food



 Save the date: Festival of Food will be Monday, September 21st at the Rochester Public Market.  Look for further details in the upcoming weeks.

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.

In 2014, 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

Black and White Hunger Action Month Calendar

 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.