Foodlink has opened a new state-of-the-art kitchen to help reduce poverty and hunger in the region.
State and local officials gathered at Foodlink’s Mt. Read Boulevard headquarters to celebrate the 28,000-square-foot facility, which is designed to accomplish three initiatives:
- Improve health outcomes among Rochester children by preparing thousands of nutritious meals for school lunch and after-school programs
- Support the state’s agricultural economy by distributing more local produce through its Value-Added Processing Center
- Lift people out of poverty by training hard-to-place workers for middle-skills careers in the food service industry.
The food bank aims to welcome 16 new volunteers every 12 weeks in an effort to close the skills gap in the Finger Lakes’ food service industry.
“We want to make sure that our children have access to quality food and to have a state-of-the-art facility that’s not just providing quality food to our families, but one that is also providing jobs, is what we appreciate and what we’re excited about,” said City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.
Approximately 20 Foodlink kitchen employees transitioned from the old facility on Joseph Avenue to the expanded kitchen at Foodlink headquarters in early December.
The staff prepares and delivers approximately 4,000 meals per day to dozens of after-school program sites across Rochester.
The $4.9 million capital project was funded by local leaders.
To learn more about the Foodlink Kitchen, visit www.foodlinkny.org.