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What is Operation Food Basket?

Operation Food Basket is an annual campaign to feed hungry families in the Rochester New York metropolitan area during the year end holiday season. This is a critical time of year for many families in our area that do not have sufficient food for the holiday season. Operation Food Basket is a fully integrated campaign including:

  • Solicitation and collection of cash donations
  • Interaction with several charitable agencies that screen
    and select the families to receive food deliveries
  • Purchase and packing of food for the families
  • Delivery of the food to the families at their homes

Who are the people of Operation Food Basket?

Operation Food Basket is supported by over 450 volunteers working on the campaign and over 1100 individuals and organizations that contribute funds. Xerox Employees, contract employees and Xerox retirees throughout Monroe County are the primary participants, however, an increasing number of Partner Organizations also participate significantly (see Operation Food Basket Partners section of this web site).

2016 campaign goals and key dates

  • Our goal for 2016 is to collect $45,000 in donations and provide food baskets to over 2000 individuals.
  • Key dates for 2016 are:
  • Fundraising – October 17 – December 9
  • Recruit volunteers – November 9 – December 4
  • Pack and deliver food to families – December 22

How can individuals or organizations get
involved in Operation Food Basket

  • Donate funds to the campaign – this is our greatest need and something you can help with all year long
  • Volunteer to work on the campaign. See volunteer tab
  • Individuals and families that would like to receive food baskets may contact the charitable organizations that support Operation Food Basket to see if they qualify (see how to contact Operation Food Basket section of this web site)

Tax deductions for donations

Operation Food Basket operates as a sub-committee of the House of Mercy in Rochester, New York. The House of Mercy is a certified 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donors will receive tax receipts upon request. If you donate using PayPal – please print your receipt.




The History of Operation Food Basket

Operation Food Basket started in 1981 and has been conducted annually since that time. It was started by a Xerox employee, Tony Carlisi who suggested to his fellow employees that the money spent on a $5 holiday grab bag gift exchange could be better used by buying and delivering food to needy families in the Rochester, NY area. Starting with a few dollars and few people, the campaign has grown to hundreds of volunteers who collect donations, buy, pack and deliver food directly to needy families just before Christmas.

The following chart shows the results of the campaign each year since its inception:

Year # Year $ Collected # People receiving
food provisions
# Families receiving
food provisions
Total pounds of food
given to families
1 1981 $195 11 2 283
2 1982 $268 16 3 389
3 1983 $341 20 4 495
4 1984 $414 24 5 601
5 1985 $487 29 6 707
6 1986 $560 33 7 813
7 1987 $633 37 7 919
8 1988 $706 39 8 968
9 1989 $779 43 9 1,068
10 1990 $852 47 9 1,168
11 1991 $925 51 10 1,268
12 1992 $998 55 11 1,368
13 1993 $1,000 53 11 1,299
14 1994 $1,500 79 16 1,948
15 1995 $2,900 153 31 3,767
16 1996 $5,400 231 47 5,703
17 1997 $16,000 800 160 19,744
18 1998 $21,245 1,158 232 28,589
19 1999 $20,716 1,036 207 25,564
20 2000 $18,048 902 180 22,271
21 2001 $25,951 1,298 260 32,024
22 2002 $33,651 1,542 308 38,062
23 2003 $40,837 2,000 357 49,356
24 2004 $53,337 2,682 494 66,182
25 2005 $53,500 2,623 501 64,725
26 2006 $51,903 2,248 459 55,481
27 2007 $53,886 2,565 436 63,304
28 2008 $53,260 2,411 418 59,503
29 2009 $58,721 2,747 514 67,796
30 2010 $55,000 2,637 420 65,081
31 2011 $55,000 2,751 474 66,024
32 2012 $46,937 2,220 408 54,790
33 2013 $50,000 2,500 511 61,700
34 2014 $45,900 2,250 345 55,530
35 2015 $45,900 2,250 345 55,530
           
Total   $771,850 37,292 6870 920,361
           

Operation Food Basket Partners

Operation Food Basket is supported by over 450 volunteers working annually on the campaign and over 1100 individuals and organizations that contribute funds.

During the 2016 campaign the following Partner Organizations participated in the campaign:

  • AckerPak, Inc. - food packing boxes
  • CaterTrax - cash donation
  • Cohber Press - Printing of labels
  • Dunn and Rice Design, Inc.— - Website design, programming and maintenance
  • First Niagara Bank - cash donation
  • Foodlink - Discounts on food purchases
  • Fuccillo Hyundai - Cash donation
  • H.P. Neun - Food packing boxes
  • Home Depot
  • Hope Ventures - Cash donation and volunteer
  • Invisible Fence Company - Cash donation and food deliveries
  • Kuebler Enterprises - Van and driver
  • KPMG - Cash donation
  • Label 7 Napa Eatery & Bar
  • LiDestri Foods - Spaghetti Sauce for all families
  • Lowe's - Packing supplies
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Paychex - Donation
  • Pittsford Rotary - Cash donation and delivery volunteers
  • RDA Container - 200 food packing boxes
  • Wegman Companies, Inc. - Cash donation
  • Xerox Community Involvement Program - Cash grant
  • Xerox Corporation - Provided the facilities for food packing, printing of campaign materials, transportation of packing materials and many other support services for the campaign.
  • Xerox Leadership Association — Cash grant and volunteers on all committees
  • The following companies donated food/refreshments for several hundred volunteers — Tim Hortons, Wegmans Food Markets, and Wendy's. Wegmans Foods also donated the use of shopping carts for use in packing food for families.

Operation Food Basket welcomes participation by any organization that wants to contribute funds or volunteers. See the how to contact Operation Food Basket section of this web site for key contacts for Partner Organizations