Donating food is a great way to increase the supply of food and resources to those in need! Food donations are welcome throughout the year. Your efforts make an enormous difference in the amount and variety of foods we are able to distribute to feed hungry people in our community.
Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign
During the month of March, local businesses and organizations conduct their own unique food and fund drives, implementing a variety of activities to collect food and funds. The efforts of
co-workers, friends and neighbors working together will help the nearly 13,000 food insecure people living in Olmsted County and help Channel One feed the nearly 3,400 households that use the Supplemental Food Shelf every month.
Minnesota FoodShare has a unique focus of supporting food shelves throughout the state in their efforts to feed the hungry and has coordinated the March Campaign for more than 30 years. All food and cash donations that Channel One receives during the month stay in our local community to help feed people in need. Every pound and dollar is important because the more food and funds that Channel One collects during March, the greater the allocation from the Minnesota FoodShare statewide incentive fund.
Channel One's 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.
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Food and Fund Drives
Schools, religious groups, civic organizations, local businesses, and clubs conduct food and fund drives on behalf of Channel One. You can get involved by planning a drive for your group!
Register your drive to request available resources, collection barrels, and keep Channel One in the loop about your event.
Hosting a Food and Fund drive is a great way to increase the supply of food and resources to those in need! Channel One has created a Food and Fund Drive 101 Kit to help you get started on your next drive.
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For more information please call 507-287-2350.
Come see for yourself how Channel One operates!
Tours are available to individuals and groups of up to 20 people. Tours are free – but we wouldn't mind if you brought a can of food as your donated "admission fee." To schedule a tour call 507-287-2350. Be sure to include your name, phone number, e-mail address, and date and time you would like to come.
Food Drop Off Sites
We realize that the Food Bank isn’t right around the corner for everyone in our community. In attempt to have regular and convenient food drop off locations, we have worked with local churches and businesses to have food collection barrels at various sites around town. Below is a list of the locations that will have our food collection barrels year round.
Attention All Gardeners
You can help feed people in need by sharing your garden's yield.
When you plan your garden, consider planting a little extra to donate to the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf. You don’t need to have a big garden to donate; any amount is helpful and needed. So if you find yourself with extra produce throughout the year, please consider donating. You can make an impact by donating your surplus produce to Channel One Regional Food Bank. Your fresh and healthy donations will help feed local families and individuals struggling to make ends meet.
Channel One is glad to accept donations of produce that travel well and are good keepers including:
- Green Beans
- Summer Squash (please keep maximum length for zucchini under 8 inches)
- Winter Squash
Due to its perishability, Channel One prefers not to receive donations of lettuce. For specific guidelines of donating produce, please download our produce resource sheet.