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Being A Trusted Link for Foodlink


DSC_9022Imagine. Ending hunger for good. And leveraging the power of food to build a healthier community. That’s the mission of Foodlink. A regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties.  And the Rotary Club of Brighton is proud of our long association with Foodlink— volunteering at Foodlink has been a twice-yearly Club activity since 2005.

The Club meeting is held at Foodlink two times a year, after which members spend an hour and a half doing whatever tasks the staff needs done. While we have done many jobs, we primarily help check boxes of donated food for damage— open bags, severely dented cans, etc., then sort and re-box the food into 24 categories. Volunteering at Foodlink is rewarding on many levels, ensuring that food doesn’t go to waste, and gets to the people who need it most. On top of that, it’s just a lot of fun.

The problems is that 1 in 7 Americans are hungry—including more than 1 in 5 children.

The good news is that we can do something about this. And at Foodlink, we are. By orchestrating a complex system of food recovery, storage, and distribution, we are doing something very simple: feeding our neighbors.

The state of hunger in Central and Western New York is sobering, to say the least.

  • 36% of those served by Foodlink are children; 5% are elderly
  • 26% of households served include at least one employed adult
  • 82% of these households have incomes below the federal poverty level
  • 30% of these households report having at least one member in poor health
  • 23% of those served had to make the difficult choice between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care
  • 50% of those served are White; 37% are Black; 11% are Hispanic; 2% are from other racial groups

A little bit more about what Foodlink is doing to change this.


Another full pallet of sorted, boxed food.

Foodlink operations are designed to get at the root causes of hunger.  Distributing food to a network of human service agencies, serving meals through their commercial kitchen and offering more than 30 food-related programs.   Just how big an impact does Foodlink and its many volunteers have in the community? To date in 2015, Foodlink has distributed almost 19 million pounds of food, 3.6 million pounds of which was produce. They offered more than 200 nutrition education courses. And created new access points for healthy foods in underserved communities across the region.