Ways to Give

Donate Money

Your monetary gift goes a long way.

At Foodlink, stewardship is one of our core values. It’s what enables us to provide three meals for every $1 donated. And it’s what ensures that 96% of all donations go directly to our anti-hunger programs. There are several ways to give generously and make a real impact on hunger.

For more information on how your donations make an impact, please consider downloading and review our resources: 

Donate Today

  • Online: You can make a single donation or set up recurring donations through our secure online donation page.
  • By Phone: Call (585) 328-3380.
  • By Mail: Make a check payable to Foodlink and send to:

                   PO Box 60766
                   Rochester, NY 14606

Other Ways to Give

Monthly Giving

Join Be the Link – our monthly giving society. By becoming a monthly supporter, your tax-deductible gift helps link those in need with healthy, nutritious food and nutrition education programs year-round. Knowing we can depend on your gifts ensures that we can plan more effectively and continue to grow and expand our programs. Please consider giving just $1 a day — or $30 a month — and help us build a hunger-free community. Sign up through our secure online donation page. For more information on “Be the Link” contact us at (585) 328-3380.

Planned Gifts

Leave a lasting legacy and ensure Foodlink has the means to combat hunger well into the future. Planned or deferred gifts allow donors to provide charitable support while also alleviating the tax burden on his or her beneficiaries. Planned gifts can include:

  • Remember Foodlink in your will
  • Donate a portion of your life insurance policy
  • Consider investing in the future of Foodlink with a variety of trusts
  • Give a gift through your retirement fund

Planned gifts should be arranged with the advice of your professional counsel. For more information on planned giving, contact us at (585) 328-3380.

Leadership Circle

In 2018, we launched Foodlink’s Leadership Circle, a distinguished group whose annual gifts of $1,000 and more help to sustain Foodlink’s work to eradicate the root causes of hunger.

Leadership Circle membership provides our supporters with unique opportunities, including invitations to special events and receptions, personal tours, breakfasts with the leadership team, and “insider” updates.

To learn more about the Leadership Circle, please contact us at (585) 328-3380.

Gifts of Securities or Stocks

When you give stock to Foodlink, you’re investing in the fight against hunger. By donating appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual fund shares that have been owned for more than a year, donors can avoid capital gains tax.  Consider this stock donation form and please consult your tax professional.

Amazon Smile

Did you know you can donate to Foodlink every time you make a purchase on Amazon? Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charitable organization of your choice! Visit smile.amazon.com today and choose Foodlink as your charitable organization of choice!

Workplace Giving

Double the impact of your gift with an employer’s matching gift program. Click here to see if your employer participates. Support our community through United Way’s Annual Campaign. The United Way respects your interests and will readily process your donation as you indicate on your pledge form. Please complete your pledge form to your workplace United Way representative. Support Foodlink by indicating ID #231 on your United Way pledge form.

Tribute gifts

Tribute gifts may be made in memory of someone, or to commemorate a holiday, birthday, wedding, or other special occasion. Foodlink will send a personalized letter to the person(s) you designate. Make your tribute gift on our secure online donation page.

Donate Food

Fighting hunger with food.

Food donations go to feed hundreds of thousands of individuals in our service area. We partner with hundreds of hunger-relief agencies in the 10-county service area, distributing more than 20 million pounds of food annually. Most of this food is donated from food manufacturers and retailers, through food drives, and by individual donors.

Businesses or groups interested in conducting a food drive are encouraged to first contact their local food pantries to discuss their food needs before hosting a drive — or consider a virtual food drive with Foodlink! At this time, Foodlink can no longer supply donation bins or arrange pickups. (Updated, April 2020) 

Contacting Foodlink about a Food Drive

To get started, please download the form linked below. Filling out the form noted as the application is mandatory for all food drives, even if you have hosted one before. The forms also allow for you to receive a donor code, which is required if you wish to be acknowledged for your donation. (Please fill out the form in Adobe Reader and send a copy to us.)

Please be as vigilant as possible when collecting non-perishable goods to ensure that no items are leaking or opened. Regarding dates, Foodlink distributes non-perishables up to 6 months past date. All older items are discarded. We realize it’s impossible to monitor/inspect every item you collect, but anything you could do to ensure food is fit for consumption is greatly appreciated. 

Food drive: Drop-off information

This year, due to limited capacity of our volunteers and staff, we are encouraging people to connect directly with one of the local food pantries in our network. Access a list of local food pantries through 2-1-1-‘s website. If you are unsuccessful in connecting with a local pantry or meal program, collected items can be dropped off at our main lobby Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

Foodlink is located at 1999 Mt. Read Blvd between Lexington and Ridgeway. Please park in the Visitors Lot. Our main entrance faces Mt. Read Blvd.

Annual Food Drives


Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors, and students compete to design and build giant structures made
entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition, all of the food collected and donated to Foodlink. Special thanks to Canstruction coordinators Ken Glazer and Amy Olds of Buckingham Properties. For more information on Canstruction, please visit www.CanstructionRochester.com.

Fill the Bus

Our annual Fill the Bus drive with Wegmans helps provide a majority of the food for our BackPack Program. The program gives children who show signs of food insecurity a bag full of nutritious, kid-friendly food each Friday afternoon so they can take it home over the weekend — when they no longer have access to school meals. In 2018, shoppers donated a record 286,000 pounds of food to the program! 

Food For Families

A partnership between Tops Friendly Markets and WROC-TV, Food For Families is the largest annual one-day event to obtain food and monetary donations for Foodlink. Tops customers are encouraged to purchase “Little Brown Bags of Hope” for $5, $10 or $20. Sold at all greater Rochester Tops Friendly Markets locations, the bags include a variety of food items needed by Foodlink. In 2017, Food for Families collected over 140,000 pounds of food!

Corporate Food Donation

What can be donated:

Foodlink will accept cases or truckloads of non-perishable food, refrigerated food, frozen food produce, and non-food items. Items for donation can be:

  • Surplus
  • Cosmetically damaged (packaging)
  • Mislabeled or unlabeled
  • Close coded
  • Discontinued, test-market, and/or private-label brand
  • Under or overweight
  • Seasonally packaged
  • Bulk packaged

Donating food makes good business sense.

Here’s why:

  • Tax deduction: The 1976 Federal Tax Law (H.R. 10612) permits you to deduct all of the costs of producing, packaging, and delivering your products—plus up to 50 percent of the difference between the cost and the fair market value.
  • Cost savings: By donating food and other products, your company eliminates dumping costs.
  • Inventory control:  A food donation can help reduce your surplus of hard-to-move inventory and inventory that can be utilized but not sold.
  • Company promotion: Foodlink promotes our food donors through a variety of communications and marketing materials, from our newsletters and website to event signage and press outreach.
  • Community goodwill: Your support and goodwill will garner the respect of the community.
  • Proud staff: Employees feel good about their company’s role in making a difference in their community.
  • Instant feedback: Your donation will be tracked, documented, and receipted.
  • Legal protection: Your company is protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Act.


Good Samaritan Act

Millions of pounds of food and groceries go to waste each year. To encourage companies and organizations to donate healthy food that would otherwise go to waste, they are protected from criminal and civil liability under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.