Foodlink celebrates major expansion

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With Friday officially being Hunger Action Day, elected officials celebrated a major achievement by Foodlink, a Rochester-based nonprofit dedicated to ending food insecurity across a 10-county region.

Foodlink launched the nation’s first mobile WIC market. WIC is a federal nutrition program for women, infants and children up to age 5.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee visited Rochester Friday to pledge her effort for increased funding for the WIC program.

"Making WIC more accessible as Mitch mentioned has been a long-term goal of the curbside market and through many years of advocacy in addition to a USDA grant we received three years ago, we are so proud to share that this dream has become a reality," Gillibrand said.

Foodlink’s two mobile WIC stops on Saturdays in Rochester are hosted at Cameron Community Ministries at 48 Cameron St. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and School 33 at 500 Webster Ave. from noon to 2 p.m.

The stops will run through November with the goal of expanding to additional sites later on.