Progress Report: Community Kitchen update (September)

We gave the Community Kitchen some color (orange, of course) this month.

We gave the Community Kitchen some color (orange, of course) this month.


Each September, Foodlink goes orange to promote Hunger Action Month.

This year, so did our Community Kitchen. 

We gave the kitchen a splash (quite a few splashes, actually) of orange paint earlier this month to brighten up the place. Orange — the color of the nation’s first food stamps — means a great deal to Foodlink and everyone involved in the anti-hunger movement. Executive Director Julia Tedesco explained its significance in the latest installment of our Community Kitchen video series.

“[The orange walls] are incredibly symbolic for us,” Tedesco said. “Orange is the color of hunger, but I also wanted these orange walls because when people come through our kitchen, I wanted them to remember that it’s a community-based kitchen and what we’re doing here is preparing meals for children — up to 12,000 per day, eventually. These orange walls tell me that we’re here for the community and we’re here to end hunger.”

Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign, spearheaded by Feeding America, to mobilize the public to raise awareness about hunger in the United States. It’s an issue that exists in every county of the country, and one that still persists at alarming levels.

The timing of the paint hitting the walls MAY have been somewhat coincidental, but it certainly was appropriate. 

The condenser units installed in the Value-Added Processing room.

The condenser units and ceiling grid installed in the Value-Added Processing room.

Looking elsewhere around the kitchen, you’ll notice the ceiling tile grids in place and some condenser units installed in the main kitchen area and Value-Added Processing room. The floor still very much has the look of a construction site, but we’re told the tiles are going in very soon. 

There are several high-speed doors now installed and plumbing throughout the facility. Other key milestones include the completion of the epoxy flooring near our new blast chiller, and the installation of the refrigeration boxes, which will soon be hooked up to electricity and the condensers. 

More orange, and one of many high-speed doors in the Community Kitchen.

More orange, and one of many high-speed doors in the Community Kitchen.

As we head into fall, it’s nice to have some color on the walls inside the kitchen. When the tiles go down in the coming weeks, I have a feeling that next month’s update will have an entirely different look and feel. 

Thanks for staying engaged with us throughout this process. It’s an exciting time at Foodlink, and we can’t wait to invite everyone in for a tour. 

Video: Executive Director Julia Tedesco talks about the Community Kitchen

Other videos are available on Foodlink’s YouTube channel

Festival of Food is fast approaching; Check out the roster!


The Festival of Food is less than a week away — a hard concept to grasp for an event our dedicated staff has been planning for almost half the year. 

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet … now’s the time. All proceeds from the festival (Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m. at the Public Market) help fund our anti-hunger efforts and more than three dozen food-related programs that help us build healthier communities.

BUY TICKETS: $50 in advance online, $60 at the door

As always, an incredible selection vendors — including restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and specialty food purveyors — will be on hand for our guests to enjoy. Here’s the full list, which at last count totaled 110 options from which Rochester foodies can choose!


A/B Stand
Al’s Stand Café
Amore by Wegmans
Big Tree Inn
Burger Bar by Wegmans
Burgundy Basin
Chef’s Catering
Cooking and Eating Healthy with Phil
Daily Refresher
French Quarter
Freshwise Catering
Gray Ghost Gourmet
Hart’s Local Grocers
Hose 22
James Browns Place
Jetty At The Port
Juan and Maria’s Empanada Shop
Livie’s Jamaican Restaurant & Import Market
Mesa Grande Taqueria
Mise EN Place Market
Munchies Roc City Empanadas
Napa Wood Fired Pizzaria and Bistro
New York Wine & Culinary Center/ Upstairs Bistro
Next Door By Wegmans
Orange Glory
Ox and Stone
Peppa Pot
Sapori Café and Catering
SEA Restaurant
The Cub Room
The Pub by Wegmans
The Rabbit Room
Warfields Bistro
West Edge Restaurant and Lounge


Amazing Grains Bakery
Badass Power Cookie
Brians Kitchen
Brown Sugar Pastries
Cheesy Eddie’s
Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery
Get Caked
Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream
Hetties Delites
Moonlight Creamery
Small World Bakery
Special Touch Bakery
Sugary Delights

Food trucks

Effortlessly Healthy
Empire Bar and Grill
Neno’s Food Truck

Non-alcoholic beverages

Hallelujah Heritage Teas
Happy Earth Tea
Ouzon Soda
Red Jacket Orchards
Union Place Coffee

Specialty Foods

Chef Lerman
Cosimano & Ferrari Olive Oil Company
F. Olivers Oils and Vinegars
Fare Game Food co.
Florida Nut House
Gawalli Pasta
Go Veggies
Mountain Rise Organics
Once Again Nut Butter
Small World Fermentary
Stuarts Spices

Alcoholic beverages

Anthony Road Winery
Apple Country Spirits
Black Button Distillery
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Casa Larga Vineyards
CB Craft Brewers
Embark Craft Ciderworks
Fulkerson Winery
Genesee Brew House
Heron Hill Winery
Honeoye Falls Distillery
Inspire Moore Winery
Knucklehead Craft Brewing
Lyonsmith Brewing
Montezuma Winery
Naked Dove
Nedloh Brewing
Red Tail Ridge Winery
Roc Brewing Co.
Rohrbach Brewing Co.
Rootstock Ciderworks
Swiftwater Brewing Co.
Three Brothers Winery
Three Heads Brewing


Wegmans Organic Farms

Hunger Action Month is here

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For food banks around the country, September is a big deal.

Hunger Action Month is a time for Foodlink and the Feeding America network to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and food insecurity in the United States. More than 48 million Americans suffer from food insecurity, meaning they lack reliable access to a sufficient amount of affordable, nutritious food. In other words, they may not know when or where they are getting their next meal.

In Foodlink’s 10-county service area, 12.5 percent of the population (1 in 8 people) are considered food insecure. For children, that statistic rises to 1 in 5.

How can you help make a difference and help Foodlink end hunger? You can start by visiting Foodlink’s website for a few recommendations:

Home Depot employees proudly support Hunger Action Month. Orange is their favorite color!

Home Depot employees proudly support Hunger Action Month. Orange is their favorite color!

For more information about Hunger Action Month on a national level, visit