Special Events

Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

March 2016


This March, Channel One Food shelf is challenging businesses, faith communities, schools, and other organizations to help end hunger. We need your help to meet the need in the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf, our goal for 2017 is to raise $225,000 and 225,000 pounds of food during the month of March.

Register your organization today for the March campaign.


Mile of Mac N Cheese 2017

For Mile of Mac N Cheese volunteer opportunities, contact Barb Schramm at 507-424-1705

12th Annual Empty Bowls Event

Channel One Regional Food Bank Empty Bowls event will be held at the Rochester Art Center. A simple meal of soup and bread provided by top local restaurants and bakeries will be served by local celebrities and community leaders from 11 am - 8 pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016. Guests and sponsors will have access to Art Center exhibits and a silent auction. In addition,
all participants will be able to choose a donated hand-painted bowl as a take home
as a memento of the event.

Tickets: $15 ticket, $10 pre-sale ticket, $35 family ticket, $30 pre-sale family ticket.

Sponsorships are available for this event! Please contact Linda Olson, Development and Communications Director, at 507-424-1730.



24th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive

May 14, 2016
On Saturday, May 14th, the Letter Carriers will conduct their 24th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Postal customers are encouraged to put food by their mailboxes in the morning, and your letter carrier will take it to the post office where Channel One will collect it. They are trying to surpass the world goal of the most food collected in one day at multiple locations that they set in 2011 of 77.1 million pounds of food, so please help them reach their goal!

Join us in supporting the Letter Carriers’ #StampOutHunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14! Learn more: https://www.nalc.org/food

Cans Film Festival

December 5, 2015

Help Wehrenberg Theatres as they attempt to collect 15,000 donated cans of food for Channel One Supplemental Food Shelves. On Saturday, December 5, bring five cans of food (or boxed items) and get free admission to a matinee movie before 4 p.m. Bring ten additional items and get a free pass to see another movie at a later date.

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Holiday Train

December 6, 2015

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be traveling to Rochester this December. The train wil arrive at 1:30pm p.m. bringing with it musical acts to perfom. Bring a non-perishable item to donate to the food bank and join us for a 30 mintue holiday concert!

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A Season of Gratitude

The holiday season is here, and many of us are taking the time to reflect on the many blessings we have in our own lives. Sometimes the simplest of blessings we have are the biggest blessings to others. Please take a moment this season to put your blessings into motion by sharing them with others and making a gift to Channel One today. Your gratitude for what you have will overflow into the lives of others and make a big impact.

Recently we had a young woman who looked stressed and tired approach us at the Supplemental Food Shelf check-in window. Upon scanning her card, it was
discovered that she had already used her monthly visit to the food shelf. Once we informed her that her visit had been used, she looked heartbroken . We looked at her information in the computer and discovered that she had three young children and an elderly grandparent in her home. In an attempt to help this young woman, our staff looked to see if she had used her emergency visit, as all households are allowed one emergency visit per 12-month period for a hard month where just one visit will not suffice. She had not, so we offered to let her use her emergency visit at this time. The young woman began to tear up, and stated that this was a life saver, as she was not sure how she was going to feed her family the rest of the month. We let her know that we understand that some months can be harder than others and two visits are needed. We also informed her about the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors for her grandparent, which would help by offering a box of nutritious food once per month in addition to the food shelf. She could not thank us enough! She was very appreciative for the emergency visit, and it was apparent that her stress was already starting to melt away.

For only $180, you can help Channel One and our programs feed a family of four a five day supply of food every month for an entire year. How many lives will you change this year?

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