Support Channel One's Backpack Program

What may look like an ordinary backpack to you and me, is actually seen as a superpower-carrying bag to children who receive it from Channel One’s Backpack Program.  Each week during the school year Channel One and our partner organizations deliver nutritious foods to over 1,200 children in 21 different Rochester Public Schools who are at-risk of hunger on weekends and school breaks. 

Who are these children? They are elementary and middle school age children from diverse backgrounds and situations that make up at least one-third of the population at Rochester Public Schools. They are children who will go hungry without our help. Sadly, not having access to food can have a serious impact in the lives of these children. It not only affects their physical and mental development, but also their academic achievement and thus, future success. To the children affected by hunger, these backpacks filled with food represent the opportunity to learn, grow and dream about their futures! Doesn’t every child deserve that? Click here to learn more

School starts in just a few short weeks! There are at least 1,200 little minds and bodies in our community who are counting on us for nutritious meals on weekends and school breaks. We are asking for your help because we cannot feed these children alone. A gift of $72 will help feed one child on the weekends throughout the entire school year. Please invest in a child’s todays and tomorrows by making a gift to Channel One’s Backpack Program today.

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Channel One Regional Food Bank, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.