Food Assistance Partnerships

FOODLINK guidelines & INFORMATION

Foodlink is proud of our network of food assistance partners, and the way it has evolved over the years. 

Before applying to become a member of our network, we encourage you to develop partnerships with existing members. After all, the work of charitable food service requires significant volunteer and financial resources. 

If you want to pursue the creation of a new food program, please be prepared to explain what gaps you are attempting to fill and to demonstrate that you meet Foodlink’s requirements.

Food Banking Partnerships

By joining Foodlink’s membership network, nonprofit organizations have access to a wide variety of food and other products, including USDA surplus commodities, donations from local retailers and purchased food. Foodlink also provides door-to-door delivery, grant-funding opportunities and networking with other local nonprofits within the emergency food system. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

We strive for a diverse membership network that makes it easy for anyone in need to access emergency food. Before inquiring about partnership opportunities with Foodlink, please read the following guidelines. All interested organizations must:

  • Must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • Must provide direct distribution of food or meals to the ill, infant or needy.
  • Must be located within our 10 county service area: Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates.
  • Must have a location that can safely store food.

School-based Partnerships

Good nutrition is critical to good health and success at school. While your school may provide free or reduced-price lunch options, many of those children and families lack access to food on the weekends or while school is not in session. Foodlink works with school partners to provide additional food resources to students and families.

BACKPACK PROGRAM

Schools or affiliated organizations (PTO, for example) purchase pre-packed bags of shelf-stable, kid-friendly food to discretely distribute to kids who have been identified as food insecure. Typically these bags are 4 — 6lbs and have enough food for a child over the weekend.

SCHOOL PANTRY

Schools can work with Foodlink to set up a food pantry that can accommodate families and community members. Requirements for a school-based food pantry include administrative support, storage capacity and a referral process.

Contact Us

After reading the information above, fill out the form below to express interest in partnering with Foodlink in one or more ways. A member of our Member Services team will be happy to discuss next steps. Thank you!

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(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:program.intake@usda.gov

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