Summer Meals program underway in Rochester

Children in the City of Rochester have dozens of options to pick up free, healthy meals all summer long. The Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester is a collaborative effort by the City of Rochester, the Rochester City School District and several local nonprofits to ensure children have access to healthy meals after the school year […]

Foodlink, community leaders laud passage of Child Poverty Reduction Act

New York’s Legislature has voted overwhelmingly to set a goal of cutting child poverty in half in 10 years and taking immediate steps toward that goal with the recent passage of the Child Poverty Reduction Act. The Child Poverty Reduction Act S.2755-C (Ramos)/A.1160-C (Bronson) carves the beginning of a path to cut child poverty in […]

Morgan Stanley grant to help launch more school pantries in Monroe County

Foodlink has been awarded a $75,000 grant from Morgan Stanley Foundation, which has partnered with Feeding America to provide millions in hunger-relief support for the past 12 years. The grant award will allow Foodlink to approximately double the number of school pantries in its membership network within Monroe County. At least 10 new school pantries […]

Foodlink Community Café opens in downtown Central Library

The Foodlink Community Café is open for business – and everyone is welcome. The new pay-what-you-can-style café is located inside the Central Library’s Bausch & Lomb building downtown (115 South Ave.). Guests can pay the suggested price on the menu, or pay what they are able. Some guests may choose to pay it forward to […]

Thank you to Van Bortel Subaru for your generous support!

We want to send a special thank you to the employees at Van Bortel Subaru of Rochester who spent a recent afternoon with us volunteering at one of our Foodlink food distributions. To date, Foodlink has organized more than 600 drive-thru food distributions to help alleviate the rist in food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 […]

Foodlink scaling back drive-thru food distributions, strengthening network with $1M in support

Foodlink announced Wednesday it will phase out its drive-thru food distribution events in Monroe County in May, while expanding its food banking partnerships and capacity during the summer months. To better support food-insecure households during this transition period, Foodlink has committed an additional $1 million in funding to its network of food pantries, community meal […]

Remembering Jimmy Stiner

*** It is with incredible sadness that we share the news of the passing of Jimmy Stiner — a recent graduate of the Foodlink Career Fellowship, an employee of our kitchen, and a joyful presence to all who knew him. He was just 41 years old and left us far too soon — just as […]

Local food insecurity stats show improvement in latest Feeding America study

Feeding America, the largest anti-hunger organization in the United States that includes a network of 200 food banks, updated its recent “Map the Meal Gap” report with revised food insecurity statistics based largely on unemployment data during the pandemic. When the organization released its first post-pandemic report last May, it showed a startling rise in […]

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

It’s April, which means it’s that time of year when we like to give our volunteers a little extra love in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month! Needless to say, volunteers are essential to the work we do at Foodlink. From sorting donated food in our distribution center, to assisting with programs that address the root […]

Foodlink’s Julia Tedesco selected as RBJ Women of Excellence honoree

Rochester Business Journal has selected Foodlink President & CEO Julia Tedesco as a Women of Excellence honoree. Established in 2018, the Women of Excellence awards recognize high-achieving women for their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring. Forty winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of previous Women of Excellence […]