Restaurant Grant for Home Delivery for Seniors


The City is collaborating with local restaurants to to provide free meal delivery to city seniors with transportation challenges. 

The grants of up to $50,000 to support selected restaurants in each quadrant of the city to prepare and deliver free meals to area seniors for up to one year.

The City of Rochester and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes 211/LIFE LINE program enrolls eligible seniors citizens age 55 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 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 grant funds can 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, 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.