Healthy meals

About this program

Foodlink opened a community kitchen in 2001 with the goal of raising the bar on the nutritional quality of institutional meal service. Students who are well nourished have a greater opportunity for success inside the classroom — and in life. By offering innovative menu items and a commitment to go well beyond federal nutritional guidelines, the Foodlink Community Kitchen provides healthy, from-scratch meals to thousands of students daily in the City of Rochester.

During the school year, Foodlink acts as a Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP) vendor and/or sponsor for a variety of after-school programs in Rochester. In the summer months, Foodlink is one of two main vendors for the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester, which offers Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at more than 100 sites across the city. 

After-school meals (CACFP)

Foodlink’s after-school meals, also known as the Kids Cafe program across the Feeding America network, are delivered to children through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The federal program gives children the nutrition they need in a safe and fun after-school environment. Currently, Foodlink provides healthy meals and snacks at dozens of sites (e.g. city R Centers) every weekday during the school year. Because we are a mission-driven organization, we are committed to serving the healthiest meals possible to our children. Our menu follows the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines of providing whole grains, proteins, dairy, fruits and vegetables for the children who need it most. 

Summer meals (SFSP)

The kitchen’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP, also known as Summer Meals) provides meals to children, a majority of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Over the summer, these children are at risk of hunger and studies have shown that less than half of the children who qualify for free meals during the school year, receive them during the summer.

Locally, Summer Meals is a collaboration with the City of Rochester, the Rochester City School District and several local organizations aiming to ensure children have a happy, healthy summer. Learn more about the partnership and access the complete list of meal sites at

PUBLIC NOTICE:  Foodlink has requested (and has been granted) multiple waivers from the USDA for the implementation of its summer food service program: 

• Non-congregate feeding (allows grab & go, home deliveries, and multiple day deliveries) (8/31)
• Parent pick up (8/31)
• Mealtimes (9/30)
• Area eligibility (9/30) – those sites approved under COVID only
• On site pre-operational visit & monitoring (8/31) – applied for continuing 6/18
• Bulk meal waiver – applied for 6/18
• Offer vs. Serve (9/30)
• Meal pattern waiver (9/30)
• First week site visit (9/30) – applied for 6/18



Community Kitchen Office: (585) 254-4423

Claire Savini
Child Nutrition Programs Manager

Eleni Wechsler
Meal Programs Coordinator

Casey Holenbeck
Executive Chef

Non-discrimination statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.