Nourishing Neighbors seeking donations at participating local restaurants and wine stores.

Constellation Brands and partner Foodlink, now through September, urge people to drop off non-perishable goods at participating local restaurants and wine stores in the Rochester area.

Donations will go to the Nourishing Neighbors project to help those in need of nutritious food.

Victor-based Constellation hopes to surpass its goal of donating 1,000 pounds of food to Foodlink when the campaign ends in September.

“Our employees really embrace this ongoing partnership with Foodlink and understand how hunger can have a devastating impact on the Rochester community,” stated Tom Kane, Constellation chief human resources officer. “Plus, with September being Hunger Action Month nationwide, we felt it was an appropriate time of year to bring this serious issue to the forefront once again.”

According to Feeding America, more than 156,000 people in Foodlink’s 10-county service area are considered food insecure, which means they lack reliable access to a sufficient amount of healthy food. In the four years since Nourishing Neighbors was launched, Constellation Brands has donated more than 200,000 pounds of food to area food banks and employees have volunteered more than 9,000 hours, the internationally-renowned beverage producer and distributor stated in a release.

Food donations will be accepted at the following locations:

Participating local wine and liquors stores include: Chateau Liquor, Irondequoit Wine and Liquor, Liquor box, Latta Long Liquor, Georgetown Liquor, Fowler’s Canaltown Wine and Spirits, Lisa's Liquor Barn, Hoffend's Liquor Store, Pinnacle Liquor, Basin Wine and Spirits, 5 O’clock Somewhere, Chili Liquor, Country Club Liquor, Ryan’s Wine and Spirits and Bombace Wine and Spirits.

Participating local restaurants include: Cottage Hotel, Grappa, Mr. Dominick’s at the Lake, Mr. Dominick’s Fairport, Trata, Remington’s, Jojo Bistro & Wine Bar, 6x50 Victor, Warfield’s Bistro, Pomodoro Grill, Cottage Hotel, Pane Vino and Signature’s.

Wine enthusiasts can also fight hunger through another, concurrent fundraiser organized by Constellation Brands and California’s Tom Gore Vineyards. For every bottle of Tom Gore wine sold, $1 will be given to fight hunger in communities where Constellation Brand employees live and work (up to $50,000).

For more information about Foodlink, visit . For more information about Constellation Brands’ Nourishing Neighbors initiative, visit www.constellationcsr.com/givingback.