Restaurant Grant for Home Delivery for Seniors

Purpose of the Program 

PLEASE NOTE: The City has issued a preliminary Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The program has yet to be approved and is subject to Rochester City Council and the Department of Housing and Urban Development approvals. In the event the program is not approved, the City of Rochester will not be able to make grant awards. 

The purpose of this program is to assist restaurants and food establishments located within the city of Rochester while also providing meals to senior citizens in need and who are unable to travel and/or frequent restaurants due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

The City of Rochester will contract with Goodwill of the Finger Lakes (GFL), its 211/LIFE LINE program to enroll eligible senior citizens age 60 or older and who live in the City of Rochester. Eligible senior citizens will enroll in the program and will select days and times for meals to be delivered by selected food establishments. Participating food establishments will coordinate with GFL to provide and deliver the free meals to program enrollees at designated dates and times. The City will reimburse participating restaurants for meals prepared and successfully delivered.

The City of Rochester will review the applications and select up to twenty four establishments to provide and deliver free meals to enrolled senior citizens residing in the city of Rochester. The businesses selected will be awarded a grant of up to $24,900 with an agreement term of up to four months.  The grant funds will be used by the selected food establishments as working capital to offset the operational expenses associated with preparing and delivering the free meals to enrolled senior citizens.

Program Eligibility and Application Process

To be considered for the grant, interested applicants must:

  • Operate the business within city of Rochester limits 
  • Be a licensed, insured, and legally operating restaurant, caterer, or food service company 
  • Provide meal menu options that are appropriate and nutritious for senior citizens 
  • Agree to coordinate with 211/LIFE LINE program to receive orders from enrolled participants and schedule and facilitate the delivery of free meals using the online platform Flexbooker 
  • Agrees to a timely response to any complaints (within 24 hours) 
  • Provide a signed IRS W-9 form, and DUNS number  
  • Complete City of Rochester Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form (attached to this document) 
  • Provide proof of current liability insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000 and be able to list the City of Rochester as additional insured for the services to be provided 
  • Provide proof of current disability and workers' compensation insurance 
  • If employees or owners of the business will be delivering food, provide proof of commercial auto insurance 
  • Agree to the terms and conditions as included in the City of Rochester professional services agreement boilerplate 

Selected applicants can choose to distribute meals via the following three options

  • As scheduled by 211/LIFE LINE throughout the contract term through a third party meal delivery service or company. 
  • As scheduled by 211/LIFE LINE throughout the contract term, using staff or contractors of their food establishment. 
  • As scheduled by 211/LIFE LINE throughout the contract term. using staff or contractors of their food establishment and a third party company or service. 

Selected applicants will be reimbursed on a monthly basis for the four month term, as follows: Monthly reimbursement total = (# of meals delivered * cost of meals) + ($5 delivery fee * # of deliveries made) 

For more information, contact Daisy Algarin, Director of the Neighborhood Service Centers, at, 585-428-7711, or 585-698-6643. 

If interested in participating in this program, please email the following fully complete application and all required documents to by 5:00pm on November 25, 2020