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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
For more information, contact Juliana Stefani (585) 413-4077
Upcoming Events and Fundraisers:
If Music Be the Food
April 22; 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (25 Westminster Road, Rochester)
The final performance (Concert #3) for Season 9 of If Music Be the Food will be held April 22 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester.
If Music Be the Food is a fundraiser and food drive held in conjunction with a concert three times per year, and organized by the Eastman School of Music and other talented, local musicians. The series’ mission is to raise awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music, and to teach music students about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities. It began in Rochester in 2009, but has spread to multiple cities in the years since.
The concert is free, though attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food for donation. More details are available on If Music Be the Food website.
F.E.A.S.T. in the Heart of the Finger Lakes
April 24, 6-8 p.m.
The Cracker Factory, 35 Lehigh St, Geneva
The inaugural F.E.A.S.T. (Feeding Everyone at Shared Tables) in the Heart of the Finger Lakes will be held April 24 at The Cracker Factory in Geneva. Executive Chef Samantha Buyskes of Three Brothers Wineries and H.J. Stead Company is organizing the tasting event in hopes of it becoming an annual affair. Proceeds will benefit Foodlink, the food bank serving the Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley regions of New York.
Buyskes plans to invite approximately 20 chefs to the event. General admission will be priced at $35, and VIP tickets – which include a private, pre-event reception with live music – will go for $55.
THANK YOU TO FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES FOR SPONSORING THIS INAUGURAL EVENT!
List of participating chefs:
Newbury Park Pastries
HJ Stead Co
3 Brothers Winery
John Knapp-Exec Chef
Knapp Winery and Vineyard Restaurant
Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars
Catelyn Augustine and Amber Odhner
Eat me Ice Cream
Linden Social Club
Muranda Cheese Co
What is Toxic Charity?
April 29, 3 p.m. workshop, 7 p.m. presentation
Asbury First United Methodist Church
Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It, will give a talk on his book at Asbury First on Sunday, April 29, at 7 pm in the sanctuary and will lead a 3 pm workshop on campus, as well.
Lupton’s visit is part of an effort to share principles of justice—as recommended in our Outreach Task Force report, “A Way Forward.”
Throughout the month of April, the gracious folks at Woodford Reserve (a brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey) have linked up with some outstanding local restaurants and bars for what they are calling a “Pair and Share” fundraiser.
For every designated Woodford cocktail sold at participating establishments for the month of April, Woodford Reserve will donate $1 to Foodlink — up to $5,000.
Below is the list of participating places, and the special cocktails they are offering:
Cocktail: “Why Bother” (Woodford Rye, pomegranate liqueur, grapefruit juice, cava)
Cocktail: “Run Rabbit Run” (Woodford Rye, amaro, green apple liqueur)
Cocktail: “The Villager” (Woodford Reserve, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth, black walnut butters)
Cocktail: “BBQ Old Fashioned” (Woodford Reserve, BBQ seasonings)
Cocktail: “As Luck Wood Have It” (Woodford Reserve, rosemary, almond, lime)
Cocktail: “Woodford Palmer” (Woodford Reserve, lemonade, iced tea)
Cocktail: “The Colonel” (Woodford Reserve, Amaro Nonino, sweet basil, black tea, lemon)
Cocktail: Boulevardier (Woodford Reserve, sweet vermouth, Campari)
Red Tail Ridge Winery: Good Karma
Red Tail Ridge Winery is proud to support Foodlink by doing what they do best, making wine. Ten percent of the profits from their Good Karma wine goes to Foodlink.
In December of 2017, the winery announced that more than $30,800 has been donated since the fundraiser began!
For more information on the wine, the winery and where to purchase Good Karma, click here.
Festival of Food
We owe a huge thank you to all of the attendees, vendors and sponsors that made this event possible. And to the weather, which cooperated nicely! We hope everyone had a fantastic time and hope to see you again next year.
PHOTOS: Facebook album from the event
Congrats to the vendors that took home the Best Taste awards! We surveyed festivalgoers during and after the event to find out their favorites, and here’s who emerged from that list:
Festival of Food, Foodlink’s annual fundraiser, features more than 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and specialty food purveyors. It’s the best and biggest food and drink tasting event in the region!
Join us Monday, Sept. 18 between 6 and 9 p.m. at the City of Rochester Public Market for Foodlink’s annual fundraiser and celebrate the best food and drink that the Rochester area has to offer.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Purchase online
General admission – $50
VIP experience – $75 (SOLD OUT)
NEW THIS YEAR!! The VIP experience includes a pre-event happy hour at Cure with a complimentary drink and a special tasting from Wegmans and The Foodlink Kitchen. Early entrance to the festival is also included (no waiting in line!), as well as premium parking, and seating during the event. Purchase your VIP tickets (online only) for all this and more!
Thank you to our list of 2017 sponsors!
Big Apple Deli Products
The Bonadio Group
DeCarolis Truck Rental
A&G Food Service
Animal Hospital of Pittsford
Jay-C Fire Equipment
Special Touch Bakery
If you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities — or any other festival details — contact:
Juliana Stefani, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the more than 100 vendors who will take part in the 2017 festival!
Pick up a CITY newspaper on Sept. 13 to view a complete guide to the festival, with descriptions of more than 100 delicious vendors!
|Restaurant / Caterer||Bakery / Dessert|
|Agatina’s||Amazing Grains Bread Co.|
|Amore by Wegmans||Brian’s Kitchen|
|Biaggi’s||Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery|
|Big Tree Inn||Get Caked|
|Burger Bar by Wegmans||Hedonist Artisan Chocolates|
|Burgundy Basin||Hetties Delites|
|Cooking and Eating Healthy with Phil||Jon John’s Bakery|
|Daily Refresher||Moonlight Creamery|
|Erie Grill||Small World Bakery|
|Everyday Gourmet Café||Special Touch|
|Gray Ghost Gourmet||Kettle Ridge Farm|
|Grinds Café||Kirby’s Farm Market|
|James Browns Place||Food trucks|
|Jetty at the Port|
|Juan and Marias||Chef’s Catering|
|Label 7||Effortlessly Healthy|
|Livie’s Jamaican Restaurant & Import Market||Marty’s Meats|
|Napa Wood Fired Pizzaria and Bistro|
|New York Wine & Culinary Center/ Upstairs Bistro||Alcoholic Beverages|
|Next Door By Wegmans|
|Nosh||Anthony Road Winery|
|Nox||Apple Country Spirits|
|Orange Glory||Black Button Distillery|
|Relish||Casa Larga Vineyards|
|Root 31||CB Craft Brewers|
|Salenas Mexican Restaurant||Embark Craft Ciderworks|
|Sapori Café and Catering||Fulkerson Winery|
|Sea Restaurant||Genesee Brew House|
|The Pub by Wegmans||Heron Hill Winery|
|Tuckers Diner/Bakery||Honeoye Falls Distillery|
|Warfields Restaurant||JD Wine Cellars|
|Wilshire Catering ( The Salad Man)||Knucklehead Craft Brewing|
|Zoc’s Gourmet Burgers and Shakes||Montezuma Winery|
|Mullers Cider House|
|Specialty Food||Naked Dove Brewing Company|
|Cosimano & Ferrari Olive Oil Company||New Belgium Brewing Co.|
|Evoke Natural Foods||OSB Ciderworks|
|F. Olivers Oils and Vinegars||Red Tail Ridge Winery|
|Fare Game Food co.||Reinvention Brewing Company|
|Florida Nut House||Roc Brewing Co.|
|Geulas||Rohrbach Brewing Co.|
|Headwater Food Hub/The GOOD FOOD Collective||Rootstock Ciderworks|
|Mountain Rise Organics||Swift Water Brewing|
|Once Again Nut Butter||Three Brothers Winery|
|Small World Fermentary||Zugibe Vineyards|
|Wegmans Cheese Caves||Non-alcoholic beverages|
|Happy Earth Tea|
|Information||Joe Bean Coffee Roasters|
|East Ave. Grocery Run||Union Place Coffee|
|CITY News||Yurbamate Café ft. Hallelujah Tea|
|Maines Food and Party Warehouse|
|Rochester Public Market|
While you’re enjoying all of the food and drink that surrounds you, don’t forget to visit our raffle tent to scope out some unbelieveable prizes. Details below…
Hunger Action Month
September is Hunger Action Month (H.A.M.), which is the Feeding America® network’s annual 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. Food insecurity affects more than 48 million Americans in every corner of our nation — and more than 156,000 people (1 out of every 8) in Foodlink’s 10-county service area. This month, we raise our voice to ensure that no child, adult or senior goes to sleep on an empty stomach.
Events are planned throughout the month to raise awareness about our effort to build a healthy, hunger-free community.
- 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar: Foodlink’s call-to-action calendar, pictured above, is a great resource on how you can do something about hunger all month long. | Download & print it
- Volunteer. Donate. Advocate: There are many ways you can help Foodlink better serve our neighbors in need:
- Government Proclamations: In years past, City Hall and the NYS Senate & Assembly have designated September as Hunger Action Month. We have sent letters to many local leaders once again, asking them to help raise awareness for an issue that affects so many of their constituents. (Update: City Hall and Mayor Lovely Warren have issued a proclamation. View it here.)
- Lighting of the Library: The Rundell Library in Downtown Rochester will ‘go orange’ for Foodlink by displaying orange lighting September 1-14.
- Hunger Action Day: Orange is the color of hunger (the first food stamps were orange). On Sept. 14, wear orange to show your support and raise awareness.
- “On an empty stomach …”: The theme for this year’s Hunger Action Month is that Americans who suffer from hunger cannot reach their full potential. YOU can bring awareness to this devastating feeling by participating in a quick exercise on social media. | Print me out, share with the world
- Social Media: Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Change your Facebook and Twitter profile and cover pics to orange. Then post pictures online and tag #hungeractionmonth and mention @foodlinkny.
- Food drives: This year, Constellation Brands is holding a food drive at dozens of area restaurants and wine stores. Check out where you can drop off non-perishable food items on our blog.
- Foodlink’s front lawn: This year, we wanted to provide the public with a visualization of the impact that food security has on our 10-county region. Each orange plate on Foodlink’s front lawn represents 1,000 people. There are 156 plates, for the 156,000 people in our region who often don’t know when or where they’ll be getting their next meal. Stop by our headquarters at 1999 Mt. Read Blvd. if you’re interested in checking it out.
- Festival of Food: Our annual fundraiser is Sept. 18. 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. | Purchase tickets
- Fill the Bus: Our annual campaign to urge the public to donate food for our BackPack Program, which we coordinate with Wegmans, 13WHAM ABC, WUHF Fox Rochester, and CW Rochester, begins Sept. 8. Look out for details soon regarding a kickoff event!
- Take our Hunger Action Month quiz.
Read up! Interested in the topic of hunger and food insecurity? Wondering how to talk to your kids about it? Check out our Hunger Action Month reading list for some suggested books.
Watch a film: We’ve supplied a list of some enlightening films that tackle the subject of hunger. Check it out and set aside some time to sit down and watch one during Hunger Action Month.
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 hungeractionmonth.org.
Fill the Bus
UPDATE: Thank you, Wegmans shoppers! Because of your generosity once again, were were able to collect more than 305,000 pounds of food through this year’s Fill the Bus campaign!!!
Until next year …
Fill the bus and help fill the bellies of hungry children in the Rochester region.
Foodlink, Wegmans, 13WHAM ABC, WUHF Fox Rochester, and CW Rochester will team up once again for a two-week food drive, “Fill the Bus,” to benefit Foodlink’s BackPack program, which alleviates child hunger on weekends and school breaks. Each Friday or before a holiday, a child who is at risk of food insecurity is given a bag in their backpack filled with enough healthy, kid-friendly meals to last all weekend. Children who are properly nourished are more attentive in class, can concentrate better on exams, and have a better chance of graduating.
Our 2017 Fill the Bus campaign runs from Sept. 8-23.
Shoppers can visit their local Wegmans stores and donate suggested items for the BackPack program at checkout. Each store has wishlists posted as well as suggested items for sale. Shoppers also could purchase bags ranging from $5 to $20 filled with the most-needed items. All donations stay in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.
Foodlink operates the BackPack program at more than 80 area schools, and reached more than 4,000 children during the 2016-17 school year.
The Rochester community has responded graciously to this annual campaign, and each year, donations have increased. Since 2013, approximately 940,000 pounds of food have been collected for the BackPack Program!
Year ………. Pounds
2013 ………. 50,410
2014 ………. 138,637
2015 ………. 197,852
2016 ………. 247,883
2017 ………. 305,073
Other important info:
- 1 in 5 children in our area are considered food insecure – which essentially 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)
- Learn more about ways to support the BackPack program.
Check Out Hunger
Check Out Hunger is a point-of-sale campaign at local partnering grocers — held twice annually at participating stores. 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 Foodlink programs that help end hunger and build a healthier community.
Tops Friendly Markets and several other local grocers hold a Check Out Hunger campaign with Foodlink and other regional food banks every winter.
This year’s campaign is set for January 28 through February 17!
Since 2006, TOPS has raised more than $3.6 million for food banks in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Aside from dozens of Tops stores in Foodlink’s 10-county service area, other independent grocers signed up to take part include:
Abundance Cooperative Market (Rochester), Breen’s Shop’n Save (Williamson), Breen’s Market (Palmyra), Caledonia Marketplace, Hegedorns (Webster), Herrema’s Marketplace (Rochester), Lori’s Natural Foods (Henrietta), Perry Food Market, West’s Shurfine (Honeoye & Livonia) and Gates Big M (Spencerport).
A few other local business also have agreed to support Foodlink in the spirit of Check Out Hunger. Knucklehead Craft Brewing in Webster is pledging to donate $1 for every Kathy’s Kreme Ale sold at their brewery during the campaign. At the City of Rochester Public Market, The Florida Nut House and Yerba Maté Cafe are also accepting donations.
Thank you to Wegmans and ALL of the shoppers who donated this year. We raised a grand total of $638,123!!!
This funding is critical to many of the food-related programs at Foodlink, and it’s support that we count on each year to help us serve our community. Thank you for your continued support!
Food for Families
THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our 2017 Food for Families event a tremendous success!
Tops and Foodlink streamlined its food donation and collection process this year and we finished with 143,175 POUNDS of food to help our neighbors in need. That’s more than double last year’s total!!! The event also raised more than $11,000!
We are grateful for the support of Tops, WROC-TV, WCMF Radio, all of our community partners and, of course, the shoppers who donated this year.
See you all in 2018!
We’re excited to once again partner with WROC-TV and Tops Friendly Markets for the annual Food for Families campaign this year!
This year, we’re also pleased to have WCMF Radio join us as we plan another successful campaign to benefit our neighbors in need.
Last year, we were able to collect 61,122 pounds of food and raise more than $12,000!
The 11th annual Food for Families event is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2017. The campaign itself, featuring our “Little Brown Bags of Hope,” will be hitting Tops locations starting on Nov. 19. Shoppers have the option of donating $5 (breakfast), $10 (lunch) and $20 (dinner) at the register when they check out. Donations are also accepted via the Tops website.
On Dec. 8, the campaign will culminate with an all-day celebration that will be broadcast live by WROC-TV at two main Tops locations in Greece (3507 Mt. Read Blvd.) and Henrietta (1225 Jefferson Road). WCMF’s The Break Room and Kane-O will also be live in the morning and evening.
Visit News 8’s website to learn more about the event, including an exciting eBay auction with great holiday gifts, and how area businesses can get involved and support food-insecure families in our region.
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by in the past to support our efforts. We hope to see you again this year!
Forks & Skis
Forks and Skis is an event at Bristol Mountain for anyone interested in hitting the slopes while helping Foodlink fulfill its mission of a healthy, hunger-free community. In five years, the event has raised more than $100,000!
The event, which takes place in a reserved section of the Bristol Mountain lodge, begins at noon and lasts through 6:30 p.m. In addition to a day of sking, there will be lunch, Après Ski, live musical entertainment from The Bromigos and multiple raffle items!
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 past events.
For further information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact Juliana Stefani at 585-413-4077, or email@example.com.
Non-sponsorship ticket prices:
$100 – Skier (if you DON’T already own a Bristol pass)
$50 – Skier (if you DO already own a Bristol pass)
$50 – Non-skier
- 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 live entertainment.
Thank you to our growing list of 2018 Sponsors!
“Got your Back” sponsors
Head of the Class sponsor
Donovan Real Estate Services
Jeff & Raeleen Balta
Gallina Development Corp.
Leo J. Roth
PICS Telecom & Sandstone Technologies
Ribeiro / Dunking Donuts
Youngblood Proper Disposal
Dawn Aprile & Company
Jeff & Patrice Pierce
Re/Max Realty Group
Sign and Lighting Services
SVN Realty Performance Advisors
Sandy & Courtney Williams
Aloi Materials Handling
Rochester Home Builders Association
Friends of the Event
Cathy Kaman Ryan
Welch & O’Donoghue
Park Ave. Bike Shop
Dripping in Gems
A Ski Company
Iron Smoke Whiskey
Newsletters & Press
- 2017 Annual Report
- 2017 Fall/Winter Newsletter
- 2017 Spring/Summer Newsletter
- 2016 Annual Report
- 2016 Fall Newsletter
- 2016 Spring Newsletter
- 2015 Annual Report
- 2015 Fall Newsletter
- 2015 Spring Newsletter
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In the news …
- (4/9, 13 WHAM) New pizza shop in Henrietta holding fundraiser for Foodlink
- (4/5, RBJ) Blaze Pizza to donate April 11 proceeds to Foodlink
- (4/2, Olean Times Herald) F.E.A.S.T. a combination of local food, charity
- (3/22, RBJ) Food relief experts challenge charity model
- (3/21, WXXI) Connections: Why haven’t we solved America’s hunger problem?
- (3/19, 13 WHAM) Goya donates nearly 35,000 lbs. of food to Foodlink
- (3/8, RBJ) Culinary event in Geneva to raise funds for Foodlink
- (2/28, News 8) Foodlink focuses on nutrition
- (2/25, WHEC 10) Rochester in Focus: Feb. 25 (Forks and Skis)
- (2/23, 13 WHAM) Tops shoppers help to buy 3 million meals for families in need
- (2/15, WXXI) Connections: Discussing the proposed changes to the SNAP program
- (2/14, 13 WHAM) Proposed change to food stamps worries recipients
- (2/14, News 8) Rochester weighs in on proposed SNAP changes
- (2/14, RBJ) Nonprofits receive grant to help with childhood hunger needs
- (2/13, WHEC 10) Mixed reaction to federal food benefits proposal
- (2/13, WXXI) Regional food bank says proposed SNAP benefit changes would do more harm than good
Recent Press Releases / Media alerts (date sent to media)
- (3/19) Foodlink to host panel discussion about moving beyond charity to solve food insecurity
- (3/5) National Nutrition Month underway
- (2/28) Finger Lakes ‘FEAST’ coming to Geneva
- (2/15) Bristol Mountain hosts 6th annual Forks and Skis charity event
- (2/6) Foodlink, local nonprofits gear up for Three Heads’ Be Kind Festival
- (1/26) Tops, others host Check Out Hunger campaign for Foodlink
- (11/21) VP Supply makes generous holiday donation
- (11/8) Rosa’s Thanksgiving returns for 32nd year
- (10/26) Wegmans shoppers urged to ‘Check Out Hunger’ this fall
- (9/8) Fill the Bus campaign underway at Wegmans
- (9/1) Hunger Action Month begins
- (8/25) Festival of Food tickets on sale now
- (8/18) Constellation Brands announces food drive
- (8/1) Summer Meals extends reach by hitting the road