Frequently Asked Questions

What is Flower City Pickers Inc?
FCP is a non profit organization that collects leftover produce from vendors at Rochester's Public Market and other sources.  We redistribute this food to local homeless shelters, halfway houses, soup kitchens, food pantries, and other organizations that help people in need.

How can I get involved?
We meet every Saturday at Rochester's Public Market for collections from 12pm-4pm near the Unions St. entrance.  You can help collect, sort, load, distribute and deliver food! We require that new participants sign up to volunteer. Those interested in helping to steer and expand our mission may contact us.  You can also contact

I have a group that would like to volunteer, how can we get involved?
If you are bringing a group, please email after filling out our volunteer signup on behalf of our group. Please inform us of the age range, required accommodations, and any questions you may have prior to your volunteering experience.

I can't help sort or deliver recovered food, is there anything else I can do?
If you can't make it on a Saturday, you can still help! At various times throughout the year, we hold membership meetings where we share feedback, advice, concerns, and discuss upcoming events and other topics related to FCP.  For more information on becoming a member or being notified about our upcoming meetings email: 

How can I become a beneficiary (receive donations) from Flower City Pickers Inc?
Please check our Become a Beneficiary page for more information or contact with specific questions regarding pickup, delivery, and partnerships. 

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