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


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

NYS Legislative Priorities

Foodlink urges all state representatives throughout its 10-county service area to support the following legislation to improve the health, food security and economic mobility of New York residents.

ROC Food Policy Council

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

Julia Tedesco's Testimony at Congressional Hearing

The pandemic has shown us that the federal government has a real stake in the operational efficiency, infrastructure and capacity, and innovation of the nonprofit sector, especially when responding to disasters.

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 hungry; (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. 

Need Help with Food Assistance?

Need help applying for SNAP or other nutrition assistance programs? Visit to connect with one of our region’s Nutrition Outreach & Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators. 

Know your elected officials

Do you know who represents you in public office? Visit 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


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.