The man who founded the Rochester area's food bank died early this morning of Pancreatic Cancer.
Tom Ferraro was 67 years old, and still heading the Foodlink organization he started in 1978. He built Foodlink into a 500-member organization that distributes more than 18-million pounds of food a year. It's a critical resource for soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and a host of programs across the Rochester region.
In announcing his death, Foodlink says Ferraro was a lifelong anti-hunger advocate with a passion for fighting anything that kept individuals in poverty and struggling to feed their families.
Ferraro was a life-long Rochesterian. He was making an appeal for food donations to Action for a Better Community on the old Eddie Meath Show back in 1978 when Thomas' English Muffins called and offered him a truckload of bread. Foodlink was born, and Ferraro ran it for 36 years.