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 […]

Foodlink Career Fellowship begins recruitment for Class of 2022

The fourth class of the Foodlink Career Fellowship — a unique culinary training program and NYS apprenticeship — will start their career journeys at Foodlink this summer. The nomination period for the Class of 2022 is officially underway and will last through May 31. The Fellowship accepts applicants who receive a nomination from a community-based […]

Foodlink spends March focused on state, federal advocacy

With food banks around the country collectively responsible for feeding millions more food-insecure households compared to a year ago, now is a critical time to advocate for policies and legislation that can mitigate the pandemic’s devastating impact on our communities. Foodlink spent the past two weeks coordinating more than 10 meetings — all virtual, of […]

Foodlink marks 1-year milestone of pandemic response

On March 15, 2020, Foodlink stood alongside some of the region’s top leaders on a Sunday morning as uncertainty swirled about the pandemic. Schools were now officially closed, and children needed to be fed. On that day, after the announcement of more than a dozen student meal sites opening up across Rochester, the Foodlink Community […]

Foodlink attains 4-star Charity Navigator rating

Foodlink recently earned the distinction of a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in America that helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities nationwide. Foodlink received an overall score of 91.68, according to data from its FYE2019 Form 990. Since 2002, […]

Spectrum donation provides virtual learning opportunities for Foodlink Fellows

In a year of increased dependency on technology and remote learning, Spectrum’s recent donation to Foodlink meant the world to a group of aspiring chefs. Participants in the Foodlink Career Fellowship, a yearlong culinary training program and state-registered cook apprenticeship, were able to continue their progress toward their career goals thanks to the generosity of […]

National Nutrition Month: Connecting through food (at a distance)

While many of the traditional public activities we plan for National Nutrition Month can’t be done in a pandemic (sadly, COVID interrupted last year’s celebration, too), we still use March as a chance to promote healthy foods, wellness, and the hard work of our nutrition education team. This year, drawing inspiration from our new ‘Cooking […]

Feeding NYS food banks distributing 63% more food since pandemic began

New data released by Feeding New York State this week shows a 63% year-over-year increase in food distributed by the 10 association food banks since the pandemic began. The 10 food banks have combined to distribute nearly 400 million pounds of food between March and December, compared to 244 million for the same time period […]