Check Out Hunger begins this weekend at Wegmans

After a record-breaking year in 2020, the annual Check Out Hunger campaign is returning to Rochester-area Wegmans stores this weekend. The fundraiser provides critical assistance for Foodlink, the regional food bank and public health organization committed to ending hunger and building healthier communities. The point-of-sale campaign allows Wegmans shoppers to donate a few dollars – […]

Congrats grads! Foodlink Career Fellowship’s Class of 2021 celebrates graduation

The Foodlink Career Fellowship’s Class of 2021 celebrated the culimination of a yearlong culinary journey at Foodlink with a graduation ceremony Wednesday at The Commissary in downtown Rochester. Seven chefs accepted their final certificates of completion for the program, which is a registered New York State cook apprenticeship. This is the third class to graduate […]

Rochester Food Policy Council a step closer to reality

Foodlink has spent the past year and a half engaged in a collaborative effort to establish the first Food Policy Council (FPC) in the City of Rochester. Working with Common Ground Health, the City of Rochester, and a group of community members representing different neighborhoods and backgrounds – we have been researching, mobilizing, and building […]

Foodlink’s Curbside Market Becomes First Mobile WIC Vendor in the Nation

Foodlink has launched the nation’s first mobile WIC market as an innovative expansion of its Curbside Market – a mobile market that serves the Rochester region. “WIC” refers to the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which provides resources and financial support for low-income women, infants and children up to age […]

What to know about Pandemic EBT benefits for Rochester-area families

Federal legislation enacted during the COVID-19 crisis made it possible for states to provide extra funding to students who lost access to free school meals during the pandemic. P-EBT benefits are not the same as SNAP benefits, however they are distributed via an individual’s EBT card (when applicable) and can be used to access the […]

Congressman Morelle helps Foodlink mark Hunger Action Month

Today, Congressman Joseph Morelle announced that he helped secure $750,000 in the recently-passed House appropriations bill for Foodlink, a critical local organization dedicated to ending hunger and building healthy communities. With this funding, Foodlink will be able to cover the costs of a much-needed refrigerator expansion that will allow them to stock more fresh produce […]

Foodlink accepting a new round of Seed Grant applications

UPDATE (9/27/21): The deadline has now passed for the 2021 Seed Grant application. Thanks to all those who applied! *** Foodlink has released the 2021-22 Seed Grant application — an initiative funded by the state’s Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program. Seed Grants are start-up grants intended to be used as a “seed” to begin […]

Stand up and speak out during Hunger Action Month! Four ways you can help …

September is Hunger Action Month — a time of year when anti-hunger advocates across the country speak out about hunger and the many issues that impact food-insecure families across the nation. According to the latest data from Feeding America’s report on “The Impact of Coronavirus on Food Insecurity,” more than 152,000 people in Foodlink’s 10-county […]

Another successful ‘Edible Education’ season with Education Success Foundation

Foodlink’s Community Health Educators had a fun, productive summer providing edible education programming for one of Foodlink’s longtime partners; Education Success Foundation. For several years now, Foodlink compliments ESF’s weekly programing by delivering edible education (gardening, cooking and nutrition) classes for five separate Education Success Foundation programs, reaching hundreds of area students. It was a […]

Foodlink lauds USDA’s update to Thrifty Food Plan, SNAP increases

Foodlink released the following statement on Aug. 16, 2021 after the USDA announced a significant change to how SNAP benefits are calculated for millions of Americans: Today, the USDA announced a long-awaited modernization of the Thrifty Food Plan — a formula that helps determine the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for eligible […]