We create opportunities for people who live in our communities to inform and shape the direction of our work.
We believe that programs like Curbside Market are better when the people who use them are invested in helping them grow and thrive.
Community-focused program growth
Curbside Market Ambassadors are people who live in the buildings or neighborhoods we visit. Ambassadors are passionate about connecting people to healthy, affordable food. Ambassadors promote Curbside Market through relationship building, canvassing, and working community events.
Investment in trusted community members
Ambassadors help our staff during the market hours by shopping for other customers and getting people signed up for the Double Up Food Bucks program. In exchange for their time, all Ambassadors receive a monthly stipend, quarterly training, and the opportunity to participate in program planning and advocacy.
Addressing the root causes of hunger
Beyond Curbside Market, Ambassadors are a critical piece of our work to nourish lives. Foodlink works with Ambassadors to identify gaps in food access, education, and policy, and support their efforts to meet community needs.
- Since 2018, we’ve worked with 18 Curbside Market Ambassadors from 12 communities.
- In fiscal year 2021, Foodlink will invest $22,000 in Ambassadors through stipends and training opportunities.
- Ambassadors have distributed thousands of flyers in their neighborhoods, organized over a dozen workshops, and have recruited many new Curbside Market customers.
- Ambassadors have also lent their voices to our advocacy work – providing testimony on SNAP benefits, speaking with elected officials, and participating in planning a local food policy council. (Listen: Curbside Ambassador Marcia Coley (pictured) discusses the impact of potential SNAP cuts on WXXI’s Connections)
Interested in learning more about our Ambassador program? Fill out the form and someone from our team will contact you!