KanPak, GSF Foundation host ‘No Lunch, Lunch’ in support of Foodlink

The meal was simple and so was the message. Too many children struggle with hunger in our communities. 

At the “Feeding Hunger: A ‘No Lunch’ Lunch” event Nov. 20 at Penn Yan, more than 200 people gathered to help raise awareness about food insecurity in the Finger Lakes, with proceeds benefitting Foodlink. 

KanPak, which hosted the event, and the Golden State Foods Foundation combined to raise $40,000 for the first-year event. “No Lunch” Lunch featured a panel of speakers, and a soup kitchen-style meal of soup and bread. The Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch program was developed by the GSF Foundation in 2016, and is on track to provide 750,000 meals through their food bank partners by the end of 2018. 

“Our goal is to help the hungry children and their families in our local community, and partnering with Foodlink, we know that the funds we raise through Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch will directly benefit those who need it most,” said Melissa Nolan, KanPak Penn Yan local committee chair. “With the help of our sponsors, customers, and the resources of Foodlink, we’re working to end hunger here in our hometown.”


Hochul, Morelle help distribute Thanksgiving meals at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Rep. Joe Morelle, who was recently elected to represent New York’s 25th Congressional District, stopped by Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church to help pass out Thanksgiving meals to 175 families on Tuesday in Rochester. 

The event was part of an effort to feed 40,000 New Yorkers statewide. Walmart and Wegmans played a massive role in donating food to distributions held across the state. 

“Thanksgiving is about more than being thankful, it’s about acting on it by helping those less fortunate,” Hochul said. “This partnership will help to ensure that thousands of New Yorkers in need have a meal to enjoy during Thanksgiving. I thank our partners for providing these generous food donations, and hope that all New Yorkers help those less fortunate during the holiday season.”

Foodlink provided 175 chickens and assorted local produce for the distribution, while Wegmans provided 100 turkeys and boxes containing multiple side dishes.

Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans Community Relations Manager, said, “Providing food for people at risk of hunger is one of Wegmans’ highest giving priorities all year long. We are happy to continue our partnership with Governor Cuomo to ensure families in our communities have a warm meal to gather around during this special time of year. We believe communities thrive when we all work together.”

Rosa’s Thanksgiving Dinner returns Monday

One of the city’s most benevolent residents turns 96 next month, but that won’t stop Rosa Wims from inviting hundreds of her neighbors over for a warm, holiday meal.

The 33rd edition of “Rosa’s Thanksgiving Dinner” is scheduled for Monday at the Montgomery Neighborhood Center on Cady Street. The event begins at noon.  

“Mother Wims,” 95, as she is known in the neighborhood, has dedicated her life to public service. She is recognized as the first black nurse’s aide at Rochester General Hospital and later became a licensed practical nurse. She founded the Faith Community Health Awareness Center on Genesee Street, which later was renamed in her honor, the Rosa Wims Family Wellness Center.

What began as a small holiday gathering on Jefferson Avenue has transformed into a yearly tradition that feeds hundreds. Volunteers from the health care community help serve the food, much of which is prepared by Foodlink’s Community Kitchen, led by Executive Chef Casey Holenbeck. The turkeys are generously donated by Palmer Food Services, and pies are donated by Special Touch Bakery.

Wims has spent most of her life in the Third Ward and Corn Hill neighborhoods since moving to Rochester as a teenager. She has earned several awards and honors for her work, including the “W” Award, Susan B. Anthony Award, and the W. Burton Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award. 

WHO: Foodlink, Rosa Wims & all her friends and neighbors!

WHAT: 33rd annual Rosa’s Thanksgiving Dinner

WHEN: Monday, November 12, 2018; Noon until food runs out

WHERE: Montgomery Neighborhood Center; 10 Cady Street, Rochester

Let’s Play! Canstruction Rochester begins at The Strong

Hanlon Architects’ 2018 Canstruction sculpture, on display at the Strong Museum of Play.


Canstruction Rochester’s 11th annual design-build competition has officially begun.

Ten local teams designed and constructed giant sculptures made entirely out of canned food on Saturday at The Strong National Museum of Play. The sculptures, all of which celebrate “play,” will be on display for two weeks. 

Presented by Buckingham Properties, Canstruction Rochester serves as a major food drive for Foodlink and provides a fun way for local companies, architects, engineers, and students to team build. Since its inception in 2006, the competition has resulted in over 330,000 pounds of donated food for local families.

PHOTOS: Check out the Canstruction Facebook album

Participating teams include:

·         APD Engineering & Architecture

·         Bergmann Associates

·         Hanlon Architects

·         HBT Architects

·         Kids Can Too

·         LaBella Associates

·         Rochester Institute of Technology

·         Rochester Institute of Technology – Honors Engineering

·         SEI Design Group

·         Wegmans Development Group

LaBella Associates.

The sculptures will remain up for public viewing through Nov. 17 at The Strong. The special exhibit requires museum admission, and is open during The Strong’s normal operating hours. On the weekend of Nov.10-11, The Strong is offering a free ride on the carousel, train, or five arcade tokens with each canned food donation. A panel of local judges reviews the sculptures and will present awards in several categories. Visitors may vote for a People’s Choice Award in person during the first week of the display.

Winners in all categories locally go on to compete internationally. For additional event information and photos of past competitions, visit www.canstructionrochester.com.