Foodlink is doubling its efforts to bring healthy food to underserved neighborhoods, thanks to funding from Citizens Bank Foundation. Through a $41,300 grant, the regional food bank is adding a second Curbside Market vehicle as part of its food access programs.
Curbside Market is essentially a produce aisle on wheels. Foodlink sources fruits and vegetables from only local farmers and sells the produce at wholesale cost. Stops include public housing units, community health centers, and neighborhood organizations in order to give people with limited mobility and food access an opportunity to buy affordable, fresh and healthy foods.
In 2013, the first Curbside Market debuted, making 26 stops within the City of Rochester. Approximately 40,000 pounds of produce was sold and roughly 6,000 individuals participated. With the additional vehicle, the two Curbside trucks will make a combined 50 stops each week. Locations have expanded beyond the City of Rochester to also include Orleans, Genesee, Wayne and Ontario counties.
Curbside Market will be on the road through November. All locations are open to the public. Cash, debit, EBT and WIC are accepted. The Curbside Market schedule can be found here. Follow @CurbsideMarket on Twitter for schedule updates, pictures and other information.
Tickets to the best and biggest tasting event in the Rochester region are now on sale. Festival of Food is Monday, September 15th from 6-9pm at the Rochester Public Market. More than 100 restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries, and more will offer up delicious food and drink. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Your admission includes a complimentary tasting plate and wine glass and unlimited samples all evening long. Tickets can be here. Proceeds from Festival of Food support Foodlink and our dozens of food-related programs to end hunger. Thank you for your support of Foodlink and the local businesses that will be attending. We hope to see you on September 15th!
Frontier Field turned into a field of fun activities for children as part of the summer meals kickoff. This community-wide event was a celebration of the healthy, FREE meals available to ALL children in Rochester during the summer months. The Summer Meals Program is a collaboration with the City of Rochester, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Foodlink, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and the Rochester City School District.
The kickoff celebration involved fun, sun, and a healthy meal for the approximately 1,200 children who attended. The kids participated in various activities including sports clinics, hula hoops, jump rope, trivia, crafts, nutrition education, and reading!
There are 66 open sites around Rochester offering free summer meals. The Summer Food Service Program is funded through the New York State Department of Education. The program provides breakfast, lunch, and even dinner to children. Families can call 2-1-1 or go www.healthikids.org to find the closest site. Sites include Rochester schools, recreation centers, and various day camps. Again, these meals are FREE OF CHARGE to any child 18 and under living in the City of Rochester. There is no need to fill out any paperwork. Youth can just drop into any site during meal time to enjoy a free meal with other kids their age.
The summer meals kickoff would not have been possible without the support from various partners. A special thank you goes out to the following:
National League of Cities and Food Research and Action Center for providing funding for the event and to expand summer meals in Rochester.
Rochester Red Wings for hosting the event and treating guests with such a special experience.
FirstStudent for transporting all children to and from the event.
Monroe Ambulance for providing complementary on-site services.
Rochester Lancers, Rec on the Move, 5-2-1-0 Street Team, and YMCA for assisting in various activities.
Freshwise Kitchen for providing all the meals for those in attendance.
Volunteers from ESL Federal Credit Union and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.