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I'm visiting my family in Wisconsin now. Now, I can hardly keep the two single serve cups or pitcher clean because everyone is making smoothies. Laurie, January 14, We are supporting farmers by purchasing surplus, unsold, and unharvested product. Learn more about the partnership at www.

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How We Fight Hunger

Local Value-Added Processing — We have enhanced our sliced-apple operations, which aims to provide healthy snack options for kids and spur economic development for regional farmers.

We look forward to piloting other produce processing initiatives in the years ahead. Career Empowerment — Foodlink is in the process of establishing a one-of-a-kind culinary training program for individuals with barriers to employment.

Participants in this program will graduate onto middle-skills jobs and earn a living wage that will help them avoid future dependency on the emergency food system. The Kids Cafe Program was established to provide healthy meals for children in a safe after school environment through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Over the summer, however, these children are at risk of hunger and studies have shown that less than half of the children who qualify for free meals during the school year, do not receive them during the summer. Learn more about the partnership at www. During the summer of , we began a new initiative by implementing a value-added processing VAP program to extend the shelf life of local agricultural products and make them more appealing for consumers — especially children.

Our VAP program includes workforce development training as we teach individuals valuable skills in the preparing, processing, packaging, and marketing of raw local products. The final products — a trained workforce and shelf-stable products — will benefit both producers and consumers in our regional food system. Today, local apples are washed, sliced, bagged, and distributed in individual serving sizes to schools in our region.

Foodlink will be increasing our apple production as more partnerships are formed with local distributors, and expanding to other products, such as squash puree, frozen blueberries and broccoli florets. With the completion of our state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and food-processing center, Foodlink will now be able to formalize and expand training opportunities for community members seeking a pathway toward career growth in the regional food sector.

The training aims to address the needs of local, hard-to-place and underemployed individuals, as well as employers who are looking to hire a trained, vetted workforce to meet the skills gap and projected growth in the regional food industry.

Our training model is based in the understanding that individuals facing employment barriers succeed in programs that:. Provide opportunities to develop, practice and master workplace readiness or soft skills 2.

Offer clear, attainable and customized career pathways based on the participants assessed strengths, interests and aptitude and regional economic data 3. Model real work environments and connect training to practical, in-demand work skills 4. Offer progressive educational and training opportunities to move participants along their career path 5.

Address predominant barriers to employment though program design, community partnerships networking and collaborative solutions to issues such as child care and transportation 6. Provide job placement and retention support. Employers and local community colleges are engaged as partners to ensure an industry relevant training curriculum.

Foodlink staff are working with a variety of leading community organizations, industry experts and educational institutions to build trainings that reflect local economic development data and achievable educational goals for participants. Doing our part to provide healthy and affordable food to all.

The Curbside Market is a farm stand on wheels that brings fresh, affordable produce to areas where fresh fruits and vegetables are not easily accessible. Foodlink assists with the operation of about 10 local farm stands throughout the City of Rochester, giving residents easier access to local fruits and vegetables. Children and adults who do not have enough healthy food can also suffer from inability to focus and may perform poorly in academic settings.

Foodlink is committed not only to providing food, but helping individuals learn more about what they are eating so that they can take control over their own health and wellness. Educators at Foodlink teach the principles of three main nutrition education programs: Foodlink offers the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables JSY Program to emergency agencies to provide nutrition education and obesity prevention programming to low-income clients of the emergency food network.

We also hold demonstrations and workshops at the City of Rochester Public Market throughout the year. The theme was Go Further with Food , which has a double meaning. It recognizes the importance of choosing the right foods to help you meet your potential every day. It also urges people to make smart decisions to reduce food loss and food waste. March 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, March 4, 11, 18, The Foodlink Food Hub is unique, however, because our primary goal is to help underserved individuals and institutions access fresh, healthy, and affordable foods.

The core of our Food Hub is our warehouse facility at Mt. Ancillary assets include industrial-sized freezers and coolers, a fleet of trucks, and a commercial kitchen.

This capacity allows us to purchase high volumes of local product and redistribute to the agencies in our network. Our consumer-driven food hub starts with food distribution, but it includes several programs and resources that increase food access and food literacy. Foodlink is using our assets and resources to be the regional Food Hub. We are using our strong partnerships with farmers to gather and distribute product throughout our county service area. We are supporting farmers by purchasing surplus, unsold, and unharvested product.

We are making this a hassle-free experience to ensure that quality local product reaches as many people as possible. Within our county service area we partner with human service agencies to move 19 million pounds of food annually. See the gluten sensitive menu for menu item suggestions that can be modified for gluten sensitive guests. Please let your server know your preferences. Yard House is proud to serve a selection of gluten-free beverages. Omission beers are brewed by Widmer Brother's Brewing Company and utilize a proprietary system which lowers the gluten content to below 20 ppm.

Each batch is individually tested and can be tracked online to see the specific ppm for the batch that your bottle came from. Offerings vary by location.

Ask your server what other gluten-free and gluten sensitive brews are available at your local Yard House. Please note that Yard House is not a vegan environment as we share cooking surfaces, equipment, and storage areas with both animal and non-animal food products. This location doesn't currenly have online ordering. Please call the restaurant to place your order for pick up. Your cart has items that take less time to prepare.

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