Rochester meal programs around the city. Some of these resources offer additional services.
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The Community Meal Program at the Open Door Mission feeds the homeless as well as low-income men, women and children of the Rochester community. This meal which is served nightly at 6:45pm is free of charge to visitors and clients. Doors open at 1:00 pm M-F followed by a coffee hour (coffee hour on Thursdays and Sundays at 4:30 – 5:30 pm) The doors open are 4:00 m on Saturday and Sunday.
What is WIC?
WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. WIC’s goal is to improve the health and nutrition of moms and kids. It is well known that pregnancy and early childhood are among the most important times for growth and development and New York State WIC is here to help.
What does WIC provide?
The NYS Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health education, health care referrals, referrals to other services, and nutritious foods to approximately 425,000 women, infants and children each month through 91 local providers (hospitals, local health departments and community based organizations) at 400 service sites. The fundamental purpose of the program is to ensure the health and well-being of income eligible families with young children. WIC provides individually tailored food prescriptions issued to each participant for specific types and brands of foods that meet strict nutrition requirements. These food benefits, valued at nearly $400 million annually, can be redeemed at approximately 3,000 authorized retail food vendors across the state.
WIC provides Breastfeeding counseling and support services:
- Mom to mom breastfeeding support from peer counselors
- Breastfeeding counseling by a breastfeeding specialist
- Breast pumps available to moms that need them
- Special foods for breastfeeding moms for 6 months or longer
The Emergency and Family Assistance Department assists residents to meet basic family needs. Families and individuals seeking emergency assistance will be able to resolve immediate needs for food, clothing, rent/mortgage, transportation, vital records, advocacy and identify steps to avoid repeat crisis. Additionally, families and individuals will be referred to other services such as substance abuse treatment programs, case management services, and job training or employment programs as needed. The goal of The Emergency and Family Assistant Department is to assist residents to become financially self sufficient.
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Address: 152 Baden Street, Rochester, NY 14605
Phone: (585) 325-4910 ext. 131
St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen has served the West Side Community of the City of Rochester, NY for over 29 years. Father Richard Czierwin, SS.CC, a member of The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, started the program in 1982.
Foodlink is a non-profit food bank that rescues and redistributes over 19 million pounds of food annually to area agencies. It distributes food and goods donated by manufacturers and retailers to approximately 500 human service agencies in a 10-county area and offers more than 30 food-related programs. Foodlink also prepares thousands of meals daily in its Community Kitchen. Its innovative approach directly addresses diet-related health disparities related to food insecurity.
Address: Foodlink Headquarters. 1999 Mt. Read Blvd. Rochester, NY 14615