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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 Quick Start Guide and Food Drive Application. Filling out the form is mandatory for all food drives, even if you have hosted one before.

For more information, contact Juliana Stefani (585) 413-4077

Upcoming Events and Fundraisers:




“If Music Be the Food,” the concert series benefiting Foodlink, will open its eighth season on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue) in Rochester.

The concert will open with Gabriel Pierne’s “Variations Libres et Finale”, featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal harpist, Grace Wong, Eastman School of Music faculty members Bonita Boyd, flute, Renee Jolles, violin, and Carol Rodland, viola, with special guest artist Mihai Tetel, cello. Rochester’s own Amenda Quartet will then play Beethoven’s beloved String Quartet Opus 74, “The Harp”. The concert will conclude with Eastman students Kimberly Merrill, soprano and Isaac Assor, baritone, singing the final scene from Tchaikovsky’s epic opera, Eugene Onegin, as curated by Eastman Professor of Voice, Katherine Ciesinski. They will be assisted by Jeong-Eun Lee, pianist.

“If Music Be the Food” is a grassroots community project whose mission is to increase awareness and support for the hungry through the sharing of great music.This is a fully volunteer endeavor. No tickets are sold for the concerts, rather, audience members are asked to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for Foodlink as the price of admission. Last season’s concerts garnered more than $3,000 and nearly 1,000 pounds of food for Foodlink.

Stay tuned for future concert dates.

If Music Be the Food.

If Music Be the Food.

East Ave. Grocery Run


Register today and help us fight hunger in Rochester!

The race on Nov. 5 begins at Third Presbyterian Church (near East and Meigs) and heads east down East Avenue until Oliver Place. It then winds back through University, Goodman, East Main and Prince streets. Proceeds from the event go to agencies that help Foodlink fight hunger in Rochester.

If you attend, don’t forget about the MVP Food Drive, in memory of our founder, Tom Ferraro. Bring a non-perishable item (or items!) to donate to Foodlink when you show up for the race. Our truck will be there to collect all the goods.

Visit the race’s website for more information.

Rosa’s Thanksgiving Dinner


For the 31st year, Rosa Wims, 94, will once again be serving our neighbors in need. 

Rosa’s Thanksgiving has become an annual pre-holiday tradition that started with a few dozen attendees, and has transformed into a meal that serves hundreds.

Rosa was the first African-American nurse’s aide at Rochester General Hospital who later went on to become a licensed practical nurse. Now retired, she dedicates her time and service to the community and to help end hunger.  

Join Rosa, Foodlink (which supplies the food) and dozens of volunteers for this free meal at the Montgomery Neighborhood Center (10 Cady St.) at noon on Nov. 11. It lasts until the food runs out!

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. 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.

Festival of Food

Sept. 19, 2016


*** Thank you, Rochester! ***

A quick thank you to all of our outstanding sponsors, talented vendors and musicians and, of course, our supporters who came out to enjoy a fun-filled night at the 2016 Festival of Food! 

The weather was perfect and everyone got a first-hand look — and taste — at the best food and drink that the Rochester area has to offer. We hope to see everyone again next year!

PHOTOS: Check out our photo gallery on Facebook!


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. 19 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 ($50) are on sale online through Sunday, Sept. 18, and at local Wegmans stores. A limited number of tickets will be made available on the day of the event for $60.

More: Check out our Facebook page | Twitter | Yelp

Map: View a map of all of our vendors

What can I win? Raffle baskets | “Corks & Kegs” contest

The Honey Smugglers will perform at this year’s event. Check out their Facebook page

Who’s going to be there? Check out our 2016 vendor list:


(Click the map to enlarge it, or view a PDF here.)


There’s more??? There are several fantastic raffle prizes (see below) and an impressive “Corks & Kegs” gift basket, as well …


The Festival of Food would not be possible without the generosity from all of our confirmed sponsors for 2016:

Wegmans (Lead sponsor)
GMR Associates

Power Management
Excellus BCBS
Constellation Brands

Pro-Temp Mechanical
Big Apple Deli Products
Gallina Development
The Bonadio Group

Conway Beam Leasing
Animal Hospital of Pittsford
Jay-C Fire
Landers Management

Gatti Plumbing
Seneca Foods

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Tasteful Connections

In-kind sponsors

City of Rochester
McCarthy Tents & Events
City Newspaper

Hamilton AV
Shawn O Photography
City of Rochester Public Market
Crazy Dog

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 and 1 in 8 people in Foodlink’s 10-county service area. We need to make sure 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 is a great resource on how you can do something about hunger all month long. Check out the calendar below, or print yourself a copy: Full color version | Printer-friendly black & white version 
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    • Volunteer. Donate. Advocate: There are many ways you can help Foodlink better serve our neighbors in need:
    • Government Proclamations: City Hall and the NYS Senate & Assembly have designated September as Hunger Action Month. The Monroe, Orleans, Wyoming and Allegany county governments have issued proclamations as well!
    • Lighting of the Library: The Rundell Library in Downtown Rochester will ‘go orange’ for Foodlink by displaying orange lighting for the first half of September.
    • Take our quiz : Do you know how serious the issue of hunger is in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region? Take a quick quiz to test your knowledge.


  • Hunger Action Day: Orange is the color of hunger (the first food stamps were orange). On Sept. 8, 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  
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  • Social Media: Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and InstagramChange your Facebook and Twitter profile and cover pics to orange. Then post pictures online and tag #hungeractionmonth and mention @foodlinkny.
  • Festival of Food: The annual tasting event is Sept. 19. 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.  
  • Fill the Bus: Our annual campaign to urge the public to donate food for our BackPack Program, which we coordinate with 13WHAM, Fox Rochester, the CW and Wegmans, runs Sept. 9-24. Look out for details soon regarding a kickoff event on the 9th!

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

Foodlink staffers at Mt. Read Boulevard on Hunger Action Day 2016.

Foodlink staffers at Mt. Read Boulevard on Hunger Action Day 2016.

Foodlink's kitchen staff gets in the spirit on Hunger Action Day.

Foodlink’s kitchen staff gets in the spirit on Hunger Action Day.

Fill the Bus

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FINAL TOTALS: Thank you, Wegmans shoppers for making this the best Fill the Bus campaign ever!

 We received 247,883 pounds of food this month for our BackPack Program! That equates to enough food to fill up about 50,000 bags for children in need. 

We collected 50,000 more pounds than last year and went well beyond our goal of 200,000 pounds. Until next year!

Wegmans volunteers sort Fill the Bus food items at Foodlink on Sept. 30.

Wegmans volunteers sort Fill the Bus food items at Foodlink on Sept. 30.


Fill the bus and help fill the bellies of hungry children in the Rochester region.

Wegmans, Foodlink, 13WHAM ABC, Fox Rochester, and CW Rochester 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.

Our 2016 Fill the Bus campaign runs from Sept. 9-24. 

Shoppers can visit their local Wegmans stores and donate suggested items for the BackPack program. 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 2015-16 school year. 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 brought in more than 189,000 pounds of food. Thanks to Wegmans, 13 WHAM News and amazing participation by the community in Year 3, we raised 197,852 pounds of food! Our goal this year is to exceed 200,000 pounds!

Join us to “Fill the Bus” and help children in the Rochester area. 

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 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)
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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.

Our annual Check Out Hunger campaign with Wegmans runs from Oct. 23 through Nov. 26. 

In the winter, another Check Out Hunger campaign is held with TOPS Markets and other local grocers. 

Don’t forget to Check Out Hunger during your next shopping trip and thank you for supporting Foodlink!


Food for Families

Food for Families is one of the largest food and funds drives for Foodlink, and a collaboration with Tops Friendly Markets and WROC-TV.  In 2015, shoppers dropped off food and/or monetary donations to local Tops stores on Dec.11, helping us to bring in over $23,000 and more than 60,000 pounds of food!

WROC-TV reported live throughout the day, rotating between the Mt. Read, Brighton, Perinton and Spencerport stores. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to support our efforts to end hunger and leverage the power of food to build a healthier community.

We hope to see you again for another great year in 2016.  Please check back in November 2016 to learn more about dates and locations!

Forks & Skis



Forks and Skis is a ski event at Bristol Mountain open to the public for those interested in hitting the slopes while helping Foodlink fulfill its mission of a healthy, hunger-free community. Our 2016 event, which marked the fourth year that Foodlink has been involved, raised more than $27,000!

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 the past events.

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 music by the WillBillys!

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors:

Head of the Class
Key Bank
Harris Beach

AP Enterprises
Five Star Improvements
Flaum Family
Hayley Aldrich
Power Management
Realty Performance
Webster Properties / The Mountainside Lodge

Bonadio Group
Buckingham Properties
Constellation Brands
Costanza Enterprises
Cornell’s Jewelers
Culver Road Armory
DiMarco Group
First Niagara
FL Gorman, Esq.
Gallina Development
HB Cornerstone
Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP
Mead Malloy Insurance Agency
Morgan Management
Park Ave Bike Shop
Passero Associates
PICS Telecom
Dunkin Donuts/The Ribeiro Companies
Schantz Homes
Seabreeze Pavement
Spezio Property Services
Stifel/The Brown Group
Woods Oviatt Gilman
Valenti Sports

Aloi Materials Handling
AM Stern Roofing
Jeff Balta and Family
Dawn Aprile Real Estate Developer
Donovan Real Estate Services
Eco Seal
FDP Management, LLC.
GJ Romig
HighPoint Business Park
Leo J Roth Corp.
Loria Electric
My House Digital
Normandy Financial
Pittsford-Brighton Snowplowing and Landscape Services, Inc
The Pierce Family
The Mens Room
Superior Contracting Services (SCS)
Sign and Lighting Services (SLS)

Cardwell Construction
Hunt Properties
Iron Smoke Whiskey
Jacqueline Hopkinson, Esq / Woodbury Corp.
One Step Tree and Lawn Care
Rochester Colonial
Rochester Home Builders
Ski Company
Skivington Law
Village Gate/Gary Stern
Whaleback Farms
Welch & O’Donoghue Surveyors


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