What does HOPE mean to you?

Hope. As I thought about the deep meaning of this simple word, the wisdom of the great Winston Churchill came to mind: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Hope is not just something that exists within us. Hope is something that we can offer to empower others and change lives.

Over 100,000 clients in our 14-county region have different hopes everyday. Hope that
they have enough food for the next meal. Hope that this job interview leads to the offer that
allows them to become self-sufficient again. Hope that they have enough money for both food
and heat this month. Hope that their children do not have to miss any more meals. As the holiday season is upon us, you can give the gift of hope by partnering with Channel
One Regional Food Bank.

Channel One is much more than a food shelf. In addition to the Supplemental Food Shelf, Channel One serves people in need by getting food to children on weekends when they do not have access to school meals through the Backpack Program, helping people grow their own fresh produce through the Green Garden Program, delivering vital staple foods into the hands of over 1,500 senior citizens through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors, and providing access to food in rural or underserved areas through the Mobile Pantry Program. We also work with 303 partner programs and agencies in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Last fiscal year, Channel One Regional Food Bank and our partners distributed nearly 10 million pounds of food to our neighbors in need. Over 40% of the clients we serve are children. To many of us, food may not be a glamorous gift. But to those in need, food offers not only the cure for hunger pains, but hope for a better tomorrow. Food is not a luxury, it is a necessity to survive and thrive that many in our community do not have.

Every financial gift, every hour volunteered, every ounce of food donated offers hope to
over 100,000 of our neighbors in need.
From the newborn to the elderly, our partners are
helping Channel One change lives daily throughout the year. This holiday season, will you
please consider a gift to Channel One? A small gift of $180 helps Channel One feed a family
of four for one full year! Together, we can offer real HOPE to thousands who are
in need -- HOPE for a better tomorrow!



Mark Your Calendars

Associated Bank's "Stock the Box" 
November 1st - December 31st 

Local Associated Bank branches and corporate offices will collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations for Channel One from November 1st through December 31st, 2016.

Merchant Bank's "Swipe Out Hunger"
November 28th - December 7th

Cast your vote here for Channel One Regional Food Bank between November 28th and December 10th and the winning food bank will receive $5,000. You can vote once per day!

CANS Film Festival
December 3rd

On Saturday, December 3rd, customers of Wehrenberg Rochester Galaxy 14 Cine theatre who bring five canned food items will get a free matinee movie pass to be used before 5:00 pm that day. People who bring 15 canned food items will get a free movie pass to use at a later date.

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Together we can feed people and change lives! Did you know that Channel One can turn a mere $1 into enough food for at least five meals for our hungry neighbors?Learn more »

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Food Donations

Channel One Regional Food Bank relies both on our corporate and individual food donors to help us feed people and change lives!

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Most Requested

Carrots, Radishes, Green Beans, Summer Squash (please keep maximum length for zucchini under 8 inches), Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Onions, Potatoes, BeetsLearn more »

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