There's been a push to make sure students and families in Rochester don't go hungry. The city has teamed up with the city school district, Monroe County, and Foodlink to make sure students who normally receive meals in school are fed.
"To date, Foodlink has prepared and distributed 12,000 meals in Rochester, with another 8,000 on their way by the end of this week," said Julia Tedesco, said Foodlink CEO.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says food distribution efforts have been successful. They've been able to provide grab and go meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at 16 sites this week.
"We are seeing the number of meals increase daily as more residents become aware of the various sites and availability of food. We are prepared to continue these operations until further notice," said Warren.
The effort to give out food will also be expanding. Foodlink will partner with lifespan to increase home deliveries to seniors in need by the end of the week. Foodlink officials are also in the process of opening up emergency food distribution sites in the suburbs.
"On this Friday, we are working with the Town of Irondequoit and the Irondequoit food cupboard on the first food box distribution that we hope to replicate in other areas," said Tedesco.
While there's been a push to feed our community's youth, Foodlink wants to make sure their families have what they need too.
"Families are accessing this, that is OK. In many cases they are indicating how many individuals are in their household and are taking some meals back," said Tedesco.