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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 tkeller@foodlinkny.org or (585)328.3380 x131

Upcoming Events 

October 23rd: Pancake Breakfast
12 Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 Winton Rd South

Foodlink’s Cooking Matters program is growing in leaps and bounds, and we’re looking for new ways to support our efforts to empower Rochester families with healthy cooking skills. Building off the success of our inaugural Pancake Breakfast in April 2014, we are partnering with the Brighton Rotary Club’s Annual Pancake Day on October 23rd.

The Cooking Matters team is offering Pancake Day sponsorships to our supporters. For $100, you receive a poster that says “Your name/Company” supports Brighton Rotary and Foodlink.” You also receive 10 tickets to the event to use how you chose. Individual tickets are $7, and the revenue from all posters and tickets sold by Foodlink will go directly to supporting Cooking Matters programming, where $100 can purchase food for 2 weeks of a 6 week course, or a grocery store tour for  7 people.

Click here for the sponsorship form.  For more information, contact Larkin Kimmerer at lkimmerer@foodlinkny.org or 585-328-3380 ext 154.

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.

FoodTweeks

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 http://www.foodtweeks.com/fb/Foodlink

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 www.venisiondonation.com.

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

Wegmans will participate 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
Hegedorn’s
Herrema’s
Lori’s Natural Foods
Perry Food Market
Wade’s Market Center
West’s Shurfine (Honeoye, Livonia) 

Thank you for supporting Foodlink!

Festival of Food

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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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Sponsors

Title Sponsor:

Wegmans

Tote Bag Sponsor:

GMR Associates

Promotional Sponsor:

Power Management

T-Shirt Sponsor:

Barilla

Tasting Plate Sponsor:

Alpina

Banner Sponsor:

Constellation Brands
Big Apple Deli
DeCarolis Truck Rental
The Bonadio Group
GLK Foods
Jay-C Fire
13OnePhotography

Ad Sponsor:

Seneca Foods
Regional Distributors
Zweigles

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 hungeractionmonth.org.

 

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
Wegmans
American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc
Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP
John Schantz
Morgan Management
Woods Oviatt Gilman

Silver Sponsor:
Dawn Aprile Real Estate Developer
Normandy.com
Passero Associates
Dolomite
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
ValPak
Freed Maxick
John and Julie Odenbach

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