Special Events




Walmart's #FightHungerSparkChange


April 17th - May 15th, 2017

Between April 17 and May 15, Walmart, along with five of its national suppliers, are partnering with the public to support local food shelves. When you purchase participating products at Walmart, the manufacturer will donate to Feeding America and local food shelves. For every purchase of specially marked products both in-store and online, you will help secure one meal on behalf of Feeding America member food banks.


National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger


May 13th, 2017

On Saturday, May 13th, the Letter Carriers will conduct their 25th 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.

Join us in supporting the Letter Carriers’ #StampOutHunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 13! Learn more: https://www.nalc.org/food


Empty Bowls

October 12th, 2017

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 Thursday, October 12, 2017. All participants will be able to choose a donated hand-painted bowl as a take home as a memento of the event.

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


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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