Ways to Give
Corporate ENGAGEMENT/Group Giving
By collaborating with Foodlink, your organization makes a commitment to the health and prosperity of the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Foodlink depends on our relationships with local organizations and businesses to acquire, transport, pack and distribute over 20 million pounds of food each year to families experiencing food insecurity.
Support our fundraisers!
By sponsoring one of Foodlink’s signature fundraising events, your company helps fight hunger and poverty in our community. Sponsorships are available for the Foodlink Get Together in the spring, and Foodlink’s Festival of Food each September.
Other events, such as Forks & Skis in March, are held throughout the year and include other sponsorship opportunities.
Help your customers support us
Create a Cause Marketing campaign to help your customers support a cause they love. These campaigns generate awareness for your business while raising funds for Foodlink’s mission.
A popular example is the Wegmans Check Out Hunger campaign each fall. Your campaign might include the donation of proceeds from the sale of a particular product or point-of-sale promotional activity. Or, together we can create new innovative ways for you to become involved in our mission to end hunger in our region.
Food & Fund Drives
Engage your employees while giving back
Road races, bake sales, jeans days, car washes, dance-a-thons … there are unlimited ways to create employee or customer engagement while running a fundraising event. Fill out our Event/Food Drive Proposal Form and contact us to talk about ideas for fun ways to reach your desired goals, and we can help you develop the program.
Foodlink provides the equivalent of three meals for every dollar donated, so a fundraising campaign or a virtual food drive are highly efficient ways to support our mission.
Include Foodlink in your match program
If your organization has a corporate match program for employee giving, we would love to have Foodlink on your list of nonprofits. Or, participate in one of our seasonal or direct mail fundraising campaigns as a matching funder and we will highlight your support in our mailings to 15,000-20,000 potential donors across the region.
Some of these campaigns include: The Summer Meals campaign (June), Hunger Action Month (September), and ROC the Day Campaign (November/December).
Direct your gift toward one of our innovative programs
Support our food access programs such as the Curbside Market, or help us empower local residents through Nutrition Education, which reaches thousands throughout our community each year. Many corporations have supported programs, operations and even the equipment needs of Foodlink.
This type of grant can reinforce to your employees that your organization is committed to supporting the local community. There are naming and logo recognition opportunities available.
Become a food recovery partner
The USDA estimates that 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply goes to waste each year. Retailers, distributors and food manufacturers are critical food recovery partners of Foodlink, donating millions of pounds each year of food that is not saleable.
The business benefits of donating this kind of product include improving your supply chain, reducing your waste stream and taking advantage of tax benefits.
Other in-kind donations
Your organization may have equipment or other non-food donations that could help support Foodlink’s operations. Please contact us for more information on the types of donations that could support our mission.
Sponsor a truck
Help us keep rolling!
Transportation is one of the most significant costs to Foodlink each year. Truck sponsorships are available for companies who want to add their logo to one or more of our many vehicles that circle our 10-county region each day.
(Activity currently suspended due to COVID-19)
Foodlink hosts volunteers six days per week throughout the year, and can accommodate groups of various sizes and skills once COVID-related restrictions are eventually lifted in 2021. Many corporate partners use volunteering as a team-building opportunity. Volunteer activities include food sorting, packing produce bags, and assembling bags of food for the BackPack Program. Shifts are three hours in length and companies have the option to tour our facility, and host meetings on-site.
Collaboration has benefits
One benefit of collaborating with Foodlink is community recognition. We salute our corporate partners in many ways: in our newsletters and annual reports, on Foodlink’s website, and through social media, press releases and events. There are naming opportunities, event signage and other opportunities for logo placement and media visibility depending on the size and nature of the partnership. Fill out the form below, and let’s get started!