The Rochester Americans announced today the team will hold a Food Drive during each of the next seven home games to benefit Foodlink, the regional food bank. The Food Drive will take place beginning with Rochester’s home game on Friday, Nov. 23 against the Utica Comets and will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 19 when the Amerks take on the Belleville Senators.
"The Amerks have long been supportive of Foodlink and the work we do to build a healthier Rochester," said Julia Tedesco, Foodlink President & CEO. "Their willingness to not only collect food, but to visit our distribution center and help us sort it, too, is further proof of their commitment to our community."
Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items by dropping them off in collection bins in front of The Blue Cross Arena Box Office, located in the lower atrium. The items will then be donated to Foodlink, which this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Rochester, a milestone the Amerks will recognize and celebrate during their game against Belleville on Friday, Dec. 19 at The Blue Cross Arena.
Any fan that donates two unopened, non-perishable food items in the Foodlink bins at any of the following games will receive a complimentary voucher to the Amerks home game on Wednesday, Dec. 19 against Belleville. Vouchers will be limited to one per person, per transaction.
Over the next few weeks, members of the Amerks will assist Foodlink in sorting and packaging the donated food at their warehouse, located on Mt. Read Blvd. in Rochester.
Individual game tickets for the 2018-19 season start at just $14. Amerks 2018-19 Flex Memberships are available starting as low as $17 per ticket, are on-sale now. Flex vouchers can be used at any Amerks home game in any quantity. For more information, visit www.amerks.com/flexpacks or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.
Foodlink is a community food resource center and the Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. For 40 years, we have leveraged the power of food to transform lives, end hunger and build healthier communities. Through good stewardship, innovation and collaboration, Foodlink mobilizes a diverse network of partners and stakeholders to eradicate both the symptoms and root causes of hunger.
Our suite of food access programs provides new access points to nutritious and affordable food in underserved communities. Our team of nutrition educators empowers people at risk of diet-related illness with the skills and knowledge to make healthy choices. Our food banking operations distribute millions of pounds of food to a network of hundreds of human service agencies throughout our service area. The Foodlink Community Kitchen prepares and delivers thousands of meals daily for Rochester children, supports our regional agricultural economy by slicing locally grown apples, and hosts a one-of-a-kind career empowerment program to train individuals with barriers to employment for careers in the regional food industry. Learn more about how we are creating healthy futures for every community we serve at www.foodlinkny.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at @foodlinkny.