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Foodlink founder Tom Ferraro remembered

Rochester, N.Y. - Every day the homeless at Saint Josephs House of Hospitality on South Avenue get a hot meal thanks to Foodlink and its founder, Tom Ferraro.

Alisha Holmes said she is grateful for the donations.  She was homeless and now volunteers at Saint Josephs. She said Ferraro touched many people and will be missed.

Ferraro was 17 and volunteering at a food cupboard in the 19th Ward when he realized how many people in Rochester were going hungry each night. It was his dream to feed the needy in our community.

He started  a food cupboard that grew into Foodlink, one of the largest food banks in the country.

Foodlink will distribute 18,000,000 pounds of food this year to 200,000 people in a ten county area outside of Rochester this year.

Under Ferraros leadership, Foodlink outgrew its former locations and moved into a 90-thousand square foot warehouse on Mount Read Boulevard two years ago. There volunteers collect, pack and distribute food to shelters, food pantries, daycare centers, and senior centers.

Matthew Ray, Foodlinks Chairman of the Board said they will honor Ferraros wishes and continue to serve the needy in our community. Board members said they have big shoes to fill, but will not let what Tom built crumble.

Ferraro was also a dedicated husband to wife Regine and three sons: 14-year-old twins Philippe and John, and 37-year-old son Michael.

He is also survived by his Mother, Marion, and two granddaughters, Victoria and Isabelle. His family is still making funeral arrangements.

Those wishing to make donations in Toms name are asked to consider contributing to the Foodlink Foundation at 1999 Mount Read Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14615.

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Washington Times