Constellation Brands is encouraging patrons to drop off nonperishable goods at participating restaurants and wine stores in the Greater Rochester area, with the hopes of donating 1,000 pounds of food to Foodlink when the campaign ends in September.
Based in Victor, the beverage producer and distributor launched its Nourishing Neighbors initiative in 2014 to help combat food insecurity. It has partnered with Foodlink on numerous events and projects.
“Our employees really embrace this ongoing partnership with Foodlink, and understand how hunger can have a devastating impact on the Rochester community,” said Tom Kane, chief human resources officer. “Plus, with September being Hunger Action Month nationwide, we felt it was an appropriate time of year to bring this serious issue to the forefront once again.”
According to Feeding America, more than 156,000 people in Foodlink’s 10-county service area are considered food insecure, which means they lack reliable access to a sufficient amount of healthy food. In the four years since Nourishing Neighbors was launched, Constellation Brands has donated more than 200,000 pounds of food to area food banks, and employees have volunteered more than 9,000 hours of their time.
Food donations will be accepted at 15 area wine and liquor stores: Ryan’s Wine and Spirits, 73 Eastern Blvd., Canandaigua; Country Club Liquor Mart, 805 Fairport Road, East Rochester; Georgetown Wine and Spirits, 585 Moseley Road, Fairport; Bombace Wine and Spirits, 6081 state Route 96, Farmington; Lisa’s Liquor Barn, 2157 Penfield Road, Penfield; Basin Wine and Spirits, 657 Pittsford Victor Road, Pittsford; 5 O’clock Somewhere Wine and Liquor, 1100 Long Pond Road, Rochester; Chateau Wine and Spirits, 1620 Penfield Road, Rochester; Chili Liquor, 3210 Chili Ave., Rochester; Irondequoit Wine and Liquor, 525 Titus Ave., Rochester; Latta Long Liquor, 3177 Latta Road, Rochester; Liquor box, 3679 Mount Read Blvd., Rochester; Pinnacle Wine and Liquor, 1720 Monroe Ave., Rochester; Fowler’s Canaltown Wine and Spirits, 377 S. Union St., Spencerport; and Hoffend’s Discount Liquor, 309 W. Main St., Victor.
Participating local restaurants include Mr. Dominick’s Fairport, 99 S. Main St., Fairport; Cottage Hotel of Mendon, 1390 Pittsford Mendon Road, Mendon; Signatures at the Humphrey House, 1783 Penfield Road, Penfield; Jojo Bistro and Wine Bar, 60 N. Main St., Pittsford; Grappa, 30 Celebration Drive, Rochester; Mr. Dominick’s at the Lake, 4699 Lake Ave., Rochester; Pane Vino, 175 N. Water St., Rochester; Pomodoro Grill and Wine Bar, 1290 University Ave., Rochester; Remington’s, 425 Merchants Road, Rochester; Trata, 145 Culver Road, Rochester; Six50, 7217 state Route 96, Victor; and Warfield’s Bistro, 207 High Point Drive, Victor;
Wine enthusiasts can participate in another fundraiser organized by Constellation Brands and California’s Tom Gore Vineyards. For every bottle of Tom Gore wine sold, $1 will be given to fight hunger in communities where Constellation Brand employees live and work, up to $50,000.
For information, visit foodlinkny.org or constellationcsr.com/givingback.