While we are known to many as the regional food bank, we are also acutely aware that the collection and distribution of food will not solve hunger. In the past decade, we have spent a considerable amount of time and energy developing innovative programs that address the root causes of hunger.
Food Access. Food Literacy. Career Empowerment. Our mission is to end hunger, but our overarching goal isn’t to “feed the need” in our communities. We aim to “shorten the line” with upstream approaches to address food insecurity. Learn more about the many programs we offer that help drive change and build healthier communities, which complement the work we do as a food bank to ensure no one goes hungry.
A FEW NOTABLE STATisticS ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS ...
… customer transactions by the Curbside Market! Our innovative, mobile market recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. During that span, it sold approximately $3 million worth of produce and healthy food!
… families at the Foodlink Community Farm! We work alongside New Americans in the Edgerton and Lyell-Otis neighborhoods to ensure they have increased access to healthy, culturally-appropriate foods.
… meals and snacks delivered by our Community Kitchen team! 2023 marked the first time in history that our production kitchen eclisped 2 million meals and snacks in a single year.
FOODLINK CAREER FELLOWSHIP
The Foodlink Career Fellowship is a one-of-a-kind culinary training program that creates a pathway to prosperity for individuals with barriers to sustainable employment. Fellows accepted into the program go through an intensive, yearlong curriculum that includes both classroom and hands-on training within Foodlink’s state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, and will graduate into middle-skills careers in the regional food industry.
Foodlink COMMUNITY FARM
The Foodlink Community Farm is a 1.6-acre urban agriculture campus located between the Edgerton and Lyell-Otis neighborhoods of northwest Rochester. The farm consists of a large community garden for many resettled refugees, a commercial growing operation, and public pocket park and play area.
Foodlink is a trusted community resource for nutrition education, which includes workshops and educational opportunities designed to be accessible and engaging. Participants are empowered with the tools and knowledge to make healthy choices and useful for participants seeking to make healthier choices and improve their culinary skills.
The Foodlink Community Kitchen prepares thousands of healthy meals each day for Rochester students, day cares and other community-based programs. We pride ourselves on an innovative, 6-week menu that exceeds all federal nutrition guidelines.
Foodlink Pop-Up Pantries bring emergency food relief to parts of our service area that have limited access to traditional food pantries. Foodlink collects and safely stores food donations, and we rely on dozens of community partners to recruit volunteers and host distribution events on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Visit our “Find Food” page to learn more.