New report shows dramatic spike in food insecurity in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region

New data released by Feeding America today reveals the sharpest increase in food insecurity since the Great Recession. In Foodlink’s 10-county service area, the rate climbed from 9.3% in 2021 to 12% in 2022 – the latest year of available data for the “Map the Meal Gap” study, which provides local-level estimates of food insecurity […]

Feeding New York State, Foodlink issue statement on passage of FY25 NYS budget

After months of advocacy work in pursuit of state support for the emergency food system and food-insecure New Yorkers, Feeding New York State, which comprises 10 food banks — including Foodlink — released the following statement: Feeding New York State, the state association of New York’s 10 Feeding America food banks, applauds state leaders for […]

New Monroe County poll shows local parents’ struggles with food insecurity

The Children’s Agenda, a Rochester-based advocacy group, recently announced that findings from its fourth poll of Rochester and Monroe County parents revealed widespread financial stress in the areas of food security and housing. Foodlink President & CEO Julia Tedesco joined Children’s Agenda CEO Larry Marx and other anti-poverty advocates for the announcement on Dec. 13 […]

Wegmans Check Out Hunger campaign raises $687K for Foodlink!

Greater Rochester-area shoppers showed up in a big way at Wegmans this fall, helping to raise $686,667 for the annual Check Out Hunger campaign to benefit Foodlink. Foodlink and Wegmans celebrated the 30th anniversary of this critical fundraiser, which supports Foodlink’s food-banking operations and many of its innovative programs and services. During six weeks this […]

Senator Schumer visits Foodlink; urges Congress to increase WIC funding

Standing at Foodlink, the regional food bank based in Rochester, NY, as families prepare for Thanksgiving, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today revealed how the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which supports 21,000+ kids, moms, and babies in the Finger Lakes region, is in limbo. Schumer explained that […]

Foodlink joins anti-hunger advocates in calling on Congress to adequately support WIC

Thousands of young families could lose out on nutrition benefits if Congress fails to act soon. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has seen a recent uptick in enrollment, reversing a lengthy, downward trend. Historically, only about 50% of all eligible participants enrolled in and utilized the program that provides […]

Foodlink statement on the passing of Rosa Wims

Foodlink released the following statement on the recent passing of Rosa Wims:   Foodlink is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Rosa Wims, one of Rochester’s most well-respected and revered icons, known for her deep commitment to public health, service and love for her community. Rosa, who turned 100 last year, and Foodlink […]