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Ways to Give

Donate Money

Your monetary gift goes a long way.

At Foodlink, stewardship is one of our core values. It’s what enables us to provide three meals for every $1 donated. And it’s what ensures that 97% of all donations go directly to our anti-hunger programs. There are several ways to give generously and make a real impact on hunger.

For more information on how your donations make an impact, please consider downloading and review our resources: 

Donate Today

  • Online: You can make a single donation or set up recurring donations through our secure online donation page.
  • By Phone: Call Julie Burke at 585-413-4053.
  • By Mail: Make a check payable to Foodlink and send to:

                   Foodlink
                   PO Box 60766
                   Rochester, NY 14606

Other Ways to Give

Monthly Giving

Join Be the Link – our monthly giving society. By becoming a monthly supporter, your tax-deductible gift helps link those in need with healthy, nutritious food and nutrition education programs year-round. Knowing we can depend on your gifts ensures that we can plan more effectively and continue to grow and expand our programs. Please consider giving just $1 a day — or $30 a month — and help us build a hunger-free community. Sign up through our secure online donation page. For more information on “Be the Link” contact Julie Burke, Development Manager, at 585-413-4053, jburke@foodlinkny.org.

Planned Gifts

Leave a lasting legacy and ensure Foodlink has the means to combat hunger well into the future. Planned or deferred gifts allow donors to provide charitable support while also alleviating the tax burden on his or her beneficiaries. Planned gifts can include:

  • Remember Foodlink in your will
  • Donate a portion of your life insurance policy
  • Consider investing in the future of Foodlink with a variety of trusts
  • Give a gift through your retirement fund

Planned gifts should be arranged with the advice of your professional counsel. For more information on planned giving, contact Julie Burke, 585-413-4053, jburke@foodlinkny.org.

Gifts of Securities or Stocks

When you give stock to Foodlink, you’re investing in the fight against hunger. By donating appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual fund shares that have been owned for more than a year, donors can avoid capital gains tax.  Consider this stock donation form and please consult your tax professional.

Workplace Giving

Double the impact of your gift with an employer’s matching gift program. Click here to see if your employer participates.  Support our community through United Way’s Annual Campaign. The United Way respects your interests and will readily process your donation as you indicate on your pledge form. Please complete your pledge form to your workplace United Way representative. Support Foodlink by indicating ID #231 on your United Way pledge form.

Tribute gifts

Tribute gifts may be made in memory of someone, or to commemorate a holiday, birthday, wedding, or other special occasion. Foodlink will send a personalized letter to the person(s) you designate. Make your tribute gift on our secure online donation page.

Tour Foodlink’s Headquarters

Foodlink staff members are eager to show you the impact of your generosity. Please consider touring our headquarters to learn more about our operations and programs aimed at ending hunger in our community.

To schedule a tour or for any questions regarding financial donations to Foodlink, please contact Julie Burke, Development Manager, 585-413-4053, or email jburke@foodlinkny.org.

 

Donate Food

Fighting hunger with food.

We make it easy to make food donations, which, in turn, go to feed hundreds of thousands of individuals. We partner with over 500 hunger-relief agencies in the 10-county service area, distributing over 19 million pounds of food annually. Most of this food is donated from food manufacturers and retailers, through food drives, and by individual donation.

Hosting a Food Drive

To get started, please download the forms linked below. Filling out the form noted as the application is mandatory for all food drives, even if you have hosted one before. (Please fill out the form in Adobe Reader and send a copy to us.)

Food drive: Drop-off information

Please contact us before dropping items off, as you will require a donor code!  Collected items can be dropped off at our warehouse Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please contact Juliana Stefani at 585-413-4077 or events@foodlinkny.org to schedule an appointment. Foodlink is located at 1999 Mt. Read Blvd between Lexington and Ridgeway. Please park in the Visitors Lot. Our Main Entrance faces Mt. Read Blvd.

Dropping off collected items is very much appreciated. By taking the time to deliver to our warehouse you save us the gas money needed to pick up your donation. The funds saved can be used to purchase much-needed food items for our member agencies.

Annual Food Drives

Canstruction

Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors, and students compete to design and build giant structures made
entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition, all of the food collected at the Winter Garden in the Legacy tower will be donated to Foodlink. Special thanks to Canstruction coordinator Ken Glazer of Buckingham Properties. For more information on Canstruction, please visit www.CanstructionRochester.com

Food For Families

A partnership between Tops Friendly Markets and WROC-TV, Food For Families is the largest annual one-day event to obtain food and monetary donations for Foodlink. During the first week of December, Tops customers are encouraged to purchase “Little Brown Bags of Hope” for $5, $10 or $20. Sold at all greater Rochester Tops Friendly Markets locations, the bags include a variety of food items needed by Foodlink. In 2015, Food for Families collected over 60,000 pounds of food and $23,000 in monetary donations.  With the funds and food collected in 2015, we are able to provide over 120,000 meals to those in need in our community!

Corporate Food Donation

What can be donated:

Foodlink will accept cases or truckloads of non-perishable food, refrigerated food, frozen food produce, and non-food items. Items for donation can be:

  • Surplus
  • Cosmetically damaged (packaging)
  • Mislabeled or unlabeled
  • Close coded
  • Discontinued, test-market, and/or private-label brand
  • Under or overweight
  • Seasonally packaged
  • Bulk packaged

Donating food makes good business sense.

Here’s why:

  • Tax deduction: The 1976 Federal Tax Law (H.R. 10612) permits you to deduct all of the costs of producing, packaging, and delivering your products—plus up to 50 percent of the difference between the cost and the fair market value.
  • Cost savings: By donating food and other products, your company eliminates dumping costs.
  • Inventory control:  A food donation can help reduce your surplus of hard-to-move inventory and inventory that can be utilized but not sold.
  • Company promotion: Foodlink promotes our food donors through a variety of communications and marketing materials, from our newsletters and website to event signage and press outreach.
  • Community goodwill: Your support and goodwill will garner the respect of the community.
  • Proud staff: Employees feel good about their company’s role in making a difference in their community.
  • Instant feedback: Your donation will be tracked, documented, and receipted.
  • Legal protection: Your company is protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Act.

 

Good Samaritan Law

Millions of pounds of food and groceries go to waste each year. To encourage companies and organizations to donate healthy food that would otherwise go to waste, they are protected from criminal and civil liability under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.