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Food pantries open at several city schools (access required)

A $20,000 grant from the William & Sheila Konar Foundation has enabled seven Rochester City School District schools to open food pantries. “I am very proud to join with the RCSD and our faith and business communities to address the ...

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More than $200 million available for SNAP benefits statewide (access required)

The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will continue to offer maximum food benefits to all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, the agency said last week. The benefits distribution will push more than $200 million in federal ...

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Cash relief pilot would offer aid to low-income Monroe County families (access required)

The people we rely on for essential work, including during a public health crisis, are underpaid. We rely on these hourly workers to meet our basic needs and keep us safe by stocking grocery stores with food, disinfecting shared spaces, ...

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United Way raises over $35M for 75 agencies during pandemic (access required)

When New York state paused last year during the height of the pandemic, the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. stepped up its game, joining numerous other nonprofits in the community to help those in need. In addition to the ...

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Child care centers say funding boost coming none too soon (access required)

New York state’s enacted 2022 budget includes a historic $5 billion investment in child care through both state and federally funded initiatives designed to help restart the economy, support essential workers and child care providers and improve access to quality, ...

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Report card: Rochester trails state in 5 key areas (access required)

The Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area trails New York state in five of eight key areas used to assess the nine-county region’s wellbeing, a new report from ACT Rochester shows. The 2021 Nine-County Regional Report Card, presented Tuesday by ACT Rochester, ...

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Porter puts her retirement to work for the community (access required)

Aqua Porter spent four decades in the for-profit world before making the switch, while in retirement, to nonprofits. It is a move that has served her, and the community, well. “I was at Xerox for 36 years — right out ...

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City, county complete analysis of RASE report (access required)

The city of Rochester and the County of Monroe have completed their initial analysis of the recommendations made by the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE) report, which was presented to the community six weeks ago. “The completion of ...

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Heritage Christian to boost base wage for frontline workers (access required)

Heritage Christian Services Inc. plans to raise its base wage for its roughly 2,000 frontline workers to $15 an hour. The more than 30 percent increase will take effect May 9. “For the last five years we have had a ...

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Deal with PepsiCo extends the Perfect Granola’s reach (access required)

The Perfect Granola LLC, a mission-driven startup in Victor, has partnered with PepsiCo Inc. on its Food for Good and WomanMade programs. The two initiatives raise awareness for key issues intensified by the pandemic: child hunger and the decline of ...

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A steady hand at the helm for Goodwill (access required)

Throughout the ups and downs of the last year, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes could count on one thing: Jennifer Lake would be there to steer the agency through the storm. “To have a central place for the community to ...

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Foodlink to invest $1 million in food pantries, shelters (access required)

Foodlink on Wednesday said it will phase out its drive-thru food distribution events in Monroe County next month while expanding its food-banking partnerships and capacity during the summer months. To better support food-insecure households during the transition period, Foodlink has ...

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SNAP benefits to increase for low-income families statewide (access required)

The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance this week said that all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for April. Households already at or near the ...

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New York tribal communities receive federal funding (access required)

More than $3.7 million in federal block grants have been made available for seven New York tribal communities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Housing Block Grants Program, including two communities in the Rochester and Finger ...

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