Advocacy

A Stronger organization with a bolder voice

Advocacy is critical to building a more equitable food system and reducing food insecurity in our region. 

At Foodlink, we recognize that structural forces, such as economic inequality and racism, are embedded in our current food system, and these forces determine who gets a seat at the table, and who experiences the most food insecurity. While we will continue to advocate for food-related issues and legislation that affect our food-insecure neighbors, we also are  committed to supporting policies that impact root causes of hunger in our communities. 

Current Initiatives

POLICY PRIORITIES

Learn more about some of the issues and policies that Foodlink has been vocal about in recent months, and lend your support!

Feeding America & FRAC budget/appropriation priorities

Check out the platform that many anti-hunger advocates across the Feeding America network -- and the nation -- are bringing to Members of Congress this spring.
federal

ROC Food Policy Council

Foodlink is proud to join Common Gronud Health and the City of Rochester in the creation of a Rochester Food Policy Council. This initiative can help focus community efforts towards policies that support a more equitable and healthy food system.
LOCAL

Summer Meals Act

Foodlink supports a bill recently reintroduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to expand summer meal programs across the country and ensure children maintain access to nutritious meals when school is out.
Federal

Advocacy Agenda

Foodlink’s Advocacy Working Group established the organization’s first Advocacy Agenda in 2020.  

This document was drafted in collaboration with our member agencies, our staff, and through focus groups with the food-insecure people whom we serve.

Foodlink’s Advocacy Agenda comprises three focus areas: (1) Ensure no one goes hungery; (2) Improve access to healthy food in schools, healthcare settings, and low-income communities; and (3) Eliminate the root causes of hunger. 

In 2019, Foodlink organized six focus groups at local food pantries or community meal programs, and interviewed 54 clients during our process of establishing our inaugural Advocacy Agenda in 2019-20. The following quotes are taken either from our series of 2019 interviews, or from follow-up calls to participants in 2020. 

Know your elected officials

Do you know who represents you in public office? Visit USAGov.com to search for your elected officials at the local and state level. Below is the contact information for the four Members of Congress and two Senators that represent Foodlink’s 10-county service area. 

Members of congress

Rep. Tom Reed 

R, 23rd District
Geneva office:
(315) 759-5229 

Rep. John Katko

R, 24th District
Lyons office:
(315) 253-4068

Rep. Joe Morelle

D, 25th District
Rochester office:
(585) 232-4850

Rep. Chris Jacobs

R, 27th District
Geneseo office:
(585) 519–4002

Senators

Sen. Charles Schumer 

Rochester office:
(585) 263-5866

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Rochester office: 
 (585) 263-6250

Useful Links

Useful Links

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is one of the leading nonprofit anti-hunger advocacy orginization’s in the nation.

Feeding America‘s government relations team offers resources related to federal nutrition programs and issues that are critical to helping us ensure families have adequate access to healthy food.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that pursues federal and state policies designed to reduce poverty and inequality.

Hunger Solutions New York advocates for policies and legislation to improve nutrition assistance programs at local, state, and federal levels — and develops public policy recommendations to reduce hunger in New York State.