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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 Event/Food Drive Application. Filling out the form is mandatory for all food drives, even if you have hosted one before.

Upcoming Events and Fundraisers:


Cortese Ford Food Drive

Sept. 22 – Nov. 17

Cortese Ford (2500 W. Henrietta Rd) and Foodlink have teamed up for a holiday season food drive in an attempt to fill up a Ford F-150 with food for those who need it most!

Donate non-perishable items to the Cortese showroom between now and Nov. 17 and help make a difference for someone in need this holiday season.

Warrior Factory Food Drive

Nov. 1 – 15

The Warrior Factory is hosting a food drive during the first two weeks of November (11/1- 11/15)! Come check out the world’s first Obstacle Park, and support Foodlink’s Backpack Program. For every qualifying food item (see a list of needed BackPack items below) you will receive $1 off general admission to any Open Gym (Up to $5).

Open Gym schedule is available online at The Warrior Factory is located in the Kohl’s plaza in Henrietta (3150 W.Henrietta Rd) and is fun for all ages!

  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Cans of beans (black, cannellini, kidney)
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Canned chunky soups/stews, with 7g or more of protein/serving (Please no condensed soups)
  • Single-serve cereal
  • Single-serve oatmeal packets
  • 15oz can of fruit packed in water or 100% juice
  • 15oz can of vegetables



‘Friendsgiving’ at Abilene w/ The Brothers Blue

November 17

Local bluegrass band, The Brothers Blue, are hosting another fundraiser at Abilene (153 Liberty Pole Way)!

On November 17, doors will open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m. $10 at the door, or $5 if guests also bring a donation of socks, underwear or toiletries, which will be donated to WNY Coalition for the Homeless. All proceeds from the event will benefit Foodlink!

Hosted by Dan Gross: Music & Journalism, and featuring The Brothers Blue with their friends The Crooked North, Zack Rabbet Futt, Jungle Steve, Rayce and Alyssa Rodriguez Fiddle Irish Duo, and more!

MORE: Check out the event page on Facebook and let us know if you’re coming!


Feeding Hunger: A ‘No Lunch’ Lunch

November 20

Join Foodlink, KanPak & the Golden State Foods Foundation at “Feeding Hunger: A ‘No Lunch’ Lunch,” a special event Nov. 20 benefiting Foodlink and the children and families of Yates County and surrounding communities.

This event will be held from Noon to 1 p.m. at KanPak, located at 109 Horizon Park Drive, Penn Yan, New York. With community support, 100% of all funds raised from this event will benefit childhood feeding programs of Foodlink.

Since its inception in 2002, the GSF Foundation has granted funds to over 600 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations across the nation that align with its mission of improving the lives of children and families in need in the places where GSF Associates live and work.

TICKETS: Learn more and purchase tickets to the event


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. 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.

If Music Be the Food
“If Music Be the Food…” is a series of benefit concerts that raise awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. Founded by Carol Rodland in 2009, its mission also includes teaching music students about the importance of community service via their art. Each concert is a fully grass-roots community event involving professionals, students, and local volunteers in joyful collaboration. 

Learn more about upcoming concerts on the IMBTF website


Festival of Food


The 2018 Festival of Food is Sept. 17, 2018!

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. 17 between 6 and 9 p.m. at the City of Rochester Public Market to celebrate the best food and drink that the Rochester area has to offer.


VIP tickets include: A designated, VIP parking area, a pre-event happy hour at 5 p.m. with a complimentary drink courtesy of Cure; and early entry to the festival at 5:30 p.m. (skip the lines!).

On the day of the event, $60 tickets will be available at the door. 

2017 PHOTOS: Facebook album from the event

More: Check out our Facebook page | Twitter | Instagram


Our Festival of Food map is out! Find out where your favorite vendor will be on the 17th!.

DOWNLOAD: High-res version of our 2018 Festival of Food map

Here is a full list of vendors, categorized:

Vendors 2018


Amazing Grains

Bakery/ Dessert

Brians Kitchen

Bakery/ Dessert

Cheesy Eddie’s

Bakery/ Dessert

Dolci Pastries and Confections

Bakery/ Dessert

Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery

Bakery/ Dessert

Eat Me Ice Cream

Bakery/ Dessert

Get Caked Bakery

Bakery/ Dessert

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates

Bakery/ Dessert

Jon John’s Bakery

Bakery/ Dessert

Julep Bake Shop

Bakery/ Dessert

Kiss Me Cookie

Bakery/ Dessert

Moonlight Creamery

Bakery/ Dessert

Scratch Bakeshop

Bakery/ Dessert

Special Touch

Bakery/ Dessert

Sweet and Cute Sweets

Bakery/ Dessert

Taste of Supreme

Bakery/ Dessert

Kirby Farm


Wickham Farms


Chef’s Catering

Food Truck

East Coast Toast

Food Truck

Effortlessly Healthy

Food Truck

FLX Foodies

Food Truck

Robs Kabobs

Food Truck

Cooks World


Grocery Run


CITY Newspaper


Happy Earth Tea

Non-Alcoholic Beverage

CaCao Vida

Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

Non-Alcoholic Beverage


Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Red Jacket Orchards

Non-Alcoholic Beverage


Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Ugly Duck

Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Union Place

Non-Alcoholic Beverage



Bar Bantam


Cooking and Eating Healthy with Phil


Cooking Matters




Farmhouse Table


Foodlink FCF


Foodlink Kitchen


Good Luck


Gray Ghost Gourmet


Headwater/Good Food Collective


Hettie’s Delites Café


Hose 22


James Browns Place


Jetty at The Port


Label 7




Market at M/body


Meals By DeLeo


Napa Woodfired Pizza


Native Rochester




Orange Glory


Ox and Stone


Radio Social














Swan Dive


Swiftwater Brewing


The Daily Refresher


The Hideaway


Warfield’s Restaurant


Watermark Retirement Communities


Wegmans Affinage


Wegmans Amore


Wegmans Burger Bar


Wegmans Next Door


Wegmans Pittsford Innovation Poke


Wegmans The Pub


Cosimano + Ferrari Olive Oil Co.

Specialty Food

Evoke Healthy Foods

Specialty Food

F. Olivers Oils & Vinegar

Specialty Food

Fare Game Food Co

Specialty Food

Florida Nut House

Specialty Food


Specialty Food

Karma Sauce

Specialty Food

Mountain Rise Organics

Specialty Food

Nats Nuts

Specialty Food

Once Again Nut Butter

Specialty Food

Schraders Meats

Specialty Food

Sugary Delights

Specialty Food


Specialty Food

A Gust of Sun Winery


Anthony Winery


Black Button Distillery


Casa Larga


CB Craft Brewers


Deer Run Winery


Embark Craft Ciderworks


Fifth Frame Brewing Co


Fulkerson Winery


Genesee Brew House


Heron Hill Winery


Honeoye Falls Distillery


Iron Smoke Distillery


JD Wine Cellars


Knucklehead Craft Brewing


Living Roots Wine & Co


Naked Dove Brewing


New Belgium


OSB Ciderworks/ Stumpblower


Red Tail Ridge Winery


Roc Brewing Co.


Reinvention Brewing


Roc House Brands (lidestri)


Rohrbach  Brewing Company


Three Brothers Wineries


Three Heads Brewing





Sponsorship Opportunities

We’d like to thank Wegmans Food Markets once again for serving as our lead (Main Course) sponsor for the Festival of Food. If you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities — or any other festival details — contact:

Jeffrey Fleming, Events & Marketing Coordinator or 585-413-4072

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Wegmans (Lead sponsor)


Constellation Brands
LiDestri Foods

GMR Associates
Landers Management
Pro-Temp Mechanical

Big Apple Deli Products
American Fruit & Vegetable Co.
Excellus BCBS
Messner Flooring

The Bonadio Group
Gallina Development
Conway Beam Leasing
Monroe Veterinary Services
Seneca Foods


A&G Food Service
Henderson Ford
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Yelp! Rochester
CITY Newspaper
City of Rochester Public Market
McCarthy Tents & Events
Tiny Fish Printing
Hamilton A/V
Good Day, Sir Custom Photo Booth


Food Truck Face Off

We once again partnered with 13 WHAM for the Food Truck Face Off — a contest to determine Rochester’s best food truck!

The public nominated and voted for their favorite Rochester food truck between July 12 and Aug. 29! Those who nominated OR voted for a truck were automatically entered to win 2 FREE Festival of Food tickets!

This year’s contest had 1,343 partcipants casting a total of 2,478 votes for 29 different food trucks. And the winner was … 

Congrats to Rob’s Kabob’s

Rob’s garnered 599 votes to take home the top prize. Twist This LLC (511), Rustic Taco (430), Chef’s Catering (307) and Meat the Press (114) rounded out the top 5. Thanks to all who participated, especially our two Festival of Food ticket winners, Erica Marciano of Spencerport, and Amanda Frisch of Webster!



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 41 million Americans in every corner of our nation — and more than 147,000 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.

BLOG: Foodlink marks Hunger Action Month, celebrates 40 years of ‘social innovation’

Events are planned throughout the month to raise awareness about our effort to build a healthy, hunger-free community. A great resource to learn about ways YOU can get involved is available below with our annual Hunger Action Month calendar. Download, print it, read it … take action! 

DOWNLOAD: Check out our 2018 Hunger Action Month calendar | (Black & White version)

Other ways to get involved!

  • Hunger Action Day: Orange is the color of hunger (the first food stamps were orange). On Sept. 13, wear orange to show your support and raise awareness!

Foodlink’s annual Hunger Action Day family photo on its front lawn (Sept. 14, 2017)


  • Social Media: Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Tag #hungeractionmonth and mention @foodlinkny to show us how you’re taking action in September!


  • Fill the Bus: Our annual campaign and food drive that supports our BackPack Program started early this year! However there’s still time to buy a bag of food at Wegmans during Labor Day weekend!
  • Festival of Food: Our annual fundraiser is Sept. 17 at the City of Rochester Public Market (6-9 p.m.). More than 100 restaurants, wineries, breweries and more will offer samples of the best food and drink from the Rochester/Finger Lakes region. Proceeds benefit Foodlink. | Purchase tickets


  • Listen! Interested in the topic of hunger and food insecurity? Check out our list of podcasts and other links that may inspire you to take action!
  • Watch a film! Check out our list of movies about the subject of hunger. Set aside some time to sit down and watch one during Hunger Action Month! 
  • Take our quiz! How much do you know about Foodlink and the scope of what we do? Take this 10-question exam to see how you do!


Hunger Action Month is about action.  Donate.  Volunteer. Advocate.  Do what you can to help end hunger is our community!

More resources are available at

Fill the Bus

fill the bus

Thank you, Rochester!!!

During our 2018 Fill the Bus campaign at Wegmans, we were able to collect 286,311 pounds of food for our BackPack Program!!!

Foodlink, Wegmans, Fidelis Care, and our media sponsors at 13WHAM ABC, WUHF Fox Rochester, and CW Rochester teamed up again for the “Fill the Bus” food drive 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. 

Foodlink operates the BackPack program at more than 80 area schools, and reached more than 3,000 children during the 2017-18 school year. 

The Rochester community has responded graciously to this annual campaign, and each year, donations have increased. Since 2013, approximately 1.2 million 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

2018 ………. 286,311

Total ………. 1,226,166



Shoppers during the Aug. 18-Sept. 4 campaign visited their local Wegmans stores and donate suggested items for the BackPack program at checkout. Each store had 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.

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 healthier communities.


Fall 2018

Wegmans Food Markets holds its Check Out Hunger campaign each fall, and the dollars raised through the generous support of shoppers goes a long way toward helping Foodlink operate numerous anti-hunger programs. 

This year’s campaign runs from October 28 through December 1.

Check Out Hunger is a point-of-sale campaign, and Wegmans cashiers will ask shoppers if they would like to donate $2, $3 or $5 to Foodlink. Shoppers can also choose to round up their grocery bill, or donate whatever amount they choose.  

Funding from Check Out Hunger enables Foodlink to distribute over 18 million pounds of food each year to its local network of hundreds of human service organizations throughout our 10-county service area. These community partners include soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries that are working on the front lines of hunger every day.

During the 2017 campaign, shoppers donated a grand total of $638,123!!!

Winter 2019

Tops Friendly Markets and several other local grocers hold a Check Out Hunger campaign with Foodlink and other regional food banks every winter.

The 2019 campaign dates have not been finalized, but the campaign typically stretches from late January to mid-February. 

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).



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:

Jeffrey Fleming, Events & Marketing Coordinator or 585-413-4072

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

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 live entertainment. 


Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

“Got your Back” sponsors

Key Bank
Harris Beach

Head of the Class sponsor

Bonadio Group

Naming sponsor

Constellation Brands
Flaum Management
Wegmans Food Markets
Haley Aldrich
Five Star Improvements
Ely & Leene, Mead-Maloy Agency, Inc. 
A.P. Enterprises
Billitier Electric
HB Cornerstone

Gold Level

Clean Craft
Donovan Real Estate Services
FL Gorman
Jeff & Raeleen Balta
Buckingham Properties
Gallina Development Corp.
Leo J. Roth
PICS Telecom & Sandstone Technologies
Stern Properties
LaBella Associates
Morgan Management
Ribeiro / Dunking Donuts
WBS Capital
Woods Oviatt
Youngblood Proper Disposal

Silver Level

Dawn Aprile & Company
House Digital
Jeff & Patrice Pierce
North Marq
Re/Max Realty Group
Sign and Lighting Services
SVN Realty Performance Advisors
Sandy & Courtney Williams

Bronze Level

Aloi Materials Handling
Neil Kelly
Rochester Home Builders Association
Passero Associates
Jackie Hopkinson
Neon Wave
Tompkins Realty

Friends of the Event

Cathy Kaman Ryan
Welch & O’Donoghue
Costanza Foundation


Cornell’s Jewelers
Park Ave. Bike Shop
Dripping in Gems
A Ski Company
Whaleback Farms
Iron Smoke Whiskey

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