Rochester, N.Y. - For Foodlink, a non-profit that has been distributing food to those in need for 40 years, it was a symbolic serving on Wednesday.
Founder Tom Ferraro collected Thomas English Muffins as part of what would become Foodlink's first donation, back on December 19, 1978.
On Wednesday, exactly 40 years later, the team at Foodlink redistributed 800 packages of muffins to the community. And like decades earlier, they were donated by Thomas.
The muffins were delivered to St. Peter’s Kitchen, a local soup kitchen, where Foodlink staff preparing Chicken a la King over English Muffins. They also gave out packages of english muffins.
"We recognize 'Muffin Day' to honor our history, but also to recognize that the Foodlink of today - a multifaceted operation with dozens of programs – began with the generosity of a single donor," said Foodlink President & CEO Julia Tedesco. “Our story is one of compassion, innovation and collaboration – and we value deeply all of the donors and partners who have supported our mission over the course of the last 40 years.”
The choice of St. Peter's also has historical significance for Foodlink. The soup kitchen is housed in the same building where Foodlink founder Ferraro once attended elementary school.
Foodlink, with the help of hundreds of agencies, distributes between 18-20 million pounds of food every annually. For more on the food bank, click here.