Foodlink Community Café opens at Central Library |

Foodlink Community Café opens at Central Library

Updated: May 18, 2021 07:10 PM
Created: May 18, 2021 03:15 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The pay-what-you-can-style Foodlink Community Café opened its doors at the Central Library’s Bausch & Lomb building Tuesday.

Guests at the cafe can pay the suggested price for food on the menu, less if they need to, or more if they want to pay it forward. Guests can even buy a meal for their neighbor or eat for free if they need to.

News10NBC asked Foodlink why they chose the library for the cafe.

"The library are great community partners of ours and we felt like we would reach the biggest diversity of clients and hopefully help get nutritious food out to folks who might be a bit down on their luck and also cater to folks who might be able to pay it forward a little bit," said Jes Scannell, Director of Career Empowerment Initiatives at Foodlink.

"I think that's a fantastic idea and a lot of people are going to take advantage of this because there's a lot of people hurting," said Fran Hogan of Rochester.

The cafe also employs apprentices enrolled in the Foodlink Career Fellowship, a culinary training program and official New York State cook apprenticeship.

The menu includes homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and sides. It will expand when hours are able to expand. The cafe also serves local favorites like Fuego coffee, Amazing Grains bread, New York Chips, FIZ soda and Red Jacket Orchards juice.

Its hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the cafe is takeout-only for now. Click here for more information.

The Foodlink Career Fellowship is also recruiting for its fourth class, which is scheduled to begin in July. Click here for more information.

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