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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, Juliana Stefani at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585)328.3380 x157
If Music Be the Food
Concert One: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road in Rochester. Program: Leclair Sonata for Two Violins performed by Heidi Brodwin and Lara Sipols; French Arias with featured “obbligato” instruments performed by Katherine Ciesinski and Eastman students; Dvorak Piano Quartet in E-flat Major performed by Mikhail Kopelman, violin, Carol Rodland, viola, Steven Doane, cello, and Anna Gourfinkel, piano
Rochester Amerks, Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:05pm at the Blue Cross Arena.
Rochester Amerks, Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:05pm at the Blue Cross Arena.
If Music Be the Food
Concert Two: Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street in Rochester. Program: Mozart g minor String Quintet performed by Robin Scott and Thomas Rodgers, violins, Carol Rodland and George Taylor, violas, Ahrim Kim, cello; works of Haydn and Mozart for solo piano performed by Douglas Humpherys; excerpts from Mozart’s Gran Partita, conducted by Mark Powell with James Van Demark, bass, and Eastman students.
Rochester Amerks, Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:05pm at the Blue Cross Arena.
Rochester Amerks, Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:05pm at the Blue Cross Arena.
If Music Be the Food
Concert Three: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road in Rochester. Program: Brahms Quintet for Strings in G Major performed by the Ying Quartet with Carol Rodland, viola; selections from Brahms Magelone Lieder performed by Jan Opalach, baritone and Ted Taylor, piano; Excerpts from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” performed by Robert Poovey, organ, and Eastman students; Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” for organ duo, performed by Robert Poovey and Karl Robson.
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.
To learn more: go to http://www.foodtweeks.com/fb/Foodlink
Festival of Food
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!
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Santiago Burger LLP
The Bonadio Group
Big Apple Deli Products
Conway Beam Leasing
DeCarolis Truck Rental
Monroe Veterinary Associates
Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
City Dining Cards
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
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. Download your calendar today.
- 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 3rd, 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
- Spoontember: This online initiative all month long, supporters can share a ‘spoon selfie’ and challenge friends to do the same. Include a hunger fact too to raise awareness! Don’t forget to tag @foodlinkny and use #spoontember
- Festival of Food: The annual tasting event is September 21st 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.
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
Fill the bus and help fill the bellies of hungry children in the Rochester region.
Wegmans, Foodlink, 13WHAM, Fox Rochester, and the CW are teaming up for a two week food drive, “Fill the Bus.” The campaign supports Foodlink’s BackPack program which alleviates child hunger on weekends and school breaks. Shoppers can go to any of the 21 local Wegmans stores from September 13 -26 and donate suggested items for the BackPack program. Each store has wish lists posted as well as suggested items for sale right in the front end. Shoppers can also purchase $5 or $10 bags filled with most needed items. All donations will stay in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.
Foodlink operates the BackPack program at nearly 70 area schools, reaching about 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 this year is 160,000 pounds of food. That’s enough to fill 40,000 bags of food for the children. (An average bag weighs 4 lbs).
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 include 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
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)
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.
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:
ReMax First Commercial
Dawn Aprile, Real Estate Developer
Costanza Family Foundation
Aloi Materials Handling
Lakeview Lawn and Landscape
Pittsford Brighton Plowing and Landscape Service, Inc.
Newsletters & Press
- Fall Newsletter 2015
- Spring Newsletter 2015
- Annual Report 2013-2014
- Fall Newsletter 2014
- Annual Report 2012-2013
- Summer 2013
- Winter 2013
- Annual Report 2011-2012
Recent Press Releases
- Hunger Action Month
- Community Store Opens on Carter Street
- Summer Meals Kickoff
- Curbside Market Begins Summer Season
- Hope on Tap
- Forks & Skis 2015
- Photo and Recipe Challenge for National Nutrition Month
- Community Store Opens
- Tap it Forward Partnership
- Charity Brew Released
- Foodlink Board Names New Executive Directors
- Hunger in America 2014
- Curbside Market Expansion
- Summer Meals Kickoff 2014
- Map the Meal Gap 2014
- Day of Caring at Foodlink
- ESL Charitable Foundation Donates $100,000 to Summer Meals Kickoff