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Channel One Backpack Program Receives $5,000 Season of Giving Grant from the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation

January 17, 2017 -- Rochester, Minnesota –Channel One Regional Food Bank recently received a $5,000 Season of Giving grant from the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation.  As a recipient of the grant, Channel One will be able to purchase food to provide backpacks of food for area students each weekend throughout the school year.

The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation provides and supports hands-on programs that positively impact Minnesota youth. Through giving, education and basketball opportunities, the Foundation enables young people to make responsible decisions, contribute to their futures, and experience lifelong memories.

“We are very grateful for the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation grant. This grant will allow us to purchase food that we will distribute to children in need in our community through the Channel One Backpack Program. The backpack program provides food for kids in need on the weekends during the school year. Without proper nutrition, these children cannot learn and grow. We are grateful for this partnership that will help us feed students in need,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director of Channel One Regional Food Bank.

Channel One Regional Food Bank’s Backpack Program serves 22 different schools in Olmsted County and more than 1,000 students. Last fiscal year, 121,780 pounds of food were distributed through the Channel One Backpack Program.

 

Grant from Red Nose Day Fund Provides 291 Backpacks for Channel One Backpack Program

December 1, 2016 -- Rochester, Minnesota –Channel One Regional Food Bank recently received a $10,989.94 grant from the Red Nose Day Fund.  As a recipient of the grant, Channel One will be able to provide backpacks of food for 291 area students each weekend throughout the school year.

The Red Nose campaign helps raise awareness and funds to help children in need. It addresses the immediate needs of children by making grants to organizations to keep kids safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day took place on May 26th this year. Participants were able to purchase a red nose at Walgreens stores. Funds raised help local organizations like Channel One.

“We are very grateful for the Red Nose Day Fund grant. This grant will allow us to purchase food that we will distribute to children in need in our community through the Channel One Backpack Program. The backpack program provides food for kids in need on the weekends during the school year. Without proper nutrition, these children cannot learn and grow. Thank you so much,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director of Channel One Regional Food Bank.

Channel One Regional Food Bank’s Backpack Program serves 22 different schools in Olmsted County and about 1,000 students. Last fiscal year, 121,780 pounds of food were distributed through the Channel One Backpack Program.

 

Southeast Minnesota Student Food Drive Collects Enough Food to Provide 47,146 meals!

ROCHESTER, MN, November, 18 2015 –   Channel One Regional Food Bank is pleased to announce the results of its 7th Annual Student Food Drive conducted by high schools in the Channel One service area to collect and donate food to Channel One Food Bank and its member agencies.  Through the partnership of Channel One Regional Food Bank and 13 schools in SE Minnesota, a total of 30,082 pounds and $2762 was collected and delivered to local shelves to feed those in need. 

"The Kasson-Mantorville FCCLA chapter loves to participate in the annual Channel One Student Food Drive.  The opportunity to work together with schools from Southeast Minnesota and make a difference in our community is truly something our chapter members enjoy. As FCCLA members; our primary focus is on the family.  What better way to help families in need than to help provide them with food," shared Michele Lindquist, Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Kasson-Mantorville High School.

There is a growing need in our community to support families that are struggling with hunger.  Currently, 1 in 10 people living in Southeast Minnesota are food insecure.   At Channel One Regional Food Bank, we are working to end hunger in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Last fiscal year, Channel One distributed 9.3 million pounds of food to those in need through our partnerships with local hunger relief agencies.   This is not enough.  There are still 10 million missing meals annually in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. 

The Student Food Drive is designed to engage students in a meaningful service project that will have a direct effect on the community they live in.  Participating in the Student Food Drive builds leadership skills, civic engagement, and an understanding of the need found in their own communities. 

"We are genuinely proud of the community service being provided by our young adults for the needy families in the area.  This is especially timely as we enter the Thanksgiving and Christmas season," stated Mark Matuska, Kasson-Mantorville Superintendent.

All food and funds will stay in the students’ community with their local food shelf.  We strongly encourage students to build a relationship with their local food shelf to understand local needs and how they can be of the most help.  Food collected by the students will be distributed to Channel One agencies in the counties where it was collected.  For more information, log on to www.helpingfeedpeople.org, or call 507-424-1705.

This year’s winners:

Large School Winners:
1st place: Kasson-Mantorville
2nd place: Stewartville
3rd place: John Marshall High School
Small School Winners: 
1st place: Spring Grove
2nd place: LeRoy-Ostrander
3rd place: Triton
Social Media Awards: 
1st place: Stewartville
2nd place: Kasson-Mantorville
Canstruction Winners: ALC and Stewartville
Lights, Camera, Action Winners: Triton and Kasson-Mantorville
OVERALL WINNERS: 
Most pounds collected: Spring Grove
Most Money Collected: Spring Grove

 

Southeast Minnesota Student Food Drive Kicks Off 7th Annual Event

 ROCHESTER, MN, October 26, 2015 –   Channel One Regional Food Bank is kicking off its 7th Annual Student Food Drive conducted by high schools in the Channel One service area to collect and donate food to Channel One Food Bank and its member agencies.  This year’s goal is to collect 50,000 pounds of food, which will provide 60,000 meals. 

“We are so appreciative of all of the local food shelves that partner with us throughout the year to fight hunger in Southeast Minnesota. We love to see the energy and enthusiasm of these students as they plan fun events to make a difference in their communities. These are our future leaders,” Jennifer Woodford, Channel One Regional Food Bank Executive Director, said.

There is a growing need in our community to support families that are struggling with hunger.  Currently, 1 in 10 people living in Southeast Minnesota are food insecure.   At Channel One Regional Food Bank, we are working to end hunger in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Last fiscal year, Channel One distributed 9.3 million pounds of food to those in need through our partnerships with local hunger relief agencies.   This is not enough.  There are still 10 million missing meals annually in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. 

The Student Food Drive is designed to engage students in a meaningful service project that will have a direct effect on the community they live in.  Participating in the Student Food Drive builds leadership skills, civic engagement, and an understanding of the need found in their own communities.  All food and funds will stay in the students’ community with their local food shelf.  We strongly encourage students to build a relationship with their local food shelf to understand local needs and how they can be of the most help. 

"The Channel One Student Food Drive has been a truly invaluable experience for our Student Council, our school, and our community. Our group has begun what I hope will be a life-long tradition of working toward a worthy goal and giving not only of our resources, but also of our time. We are all busy, our students are busy, but the satisfaction that we all get when we unload that van heaping full of food that is so badly needed, is priceless. We are thankful for this opportunity to make a difference,” said Renee Eiken, Spring Grove Student Council Advisor.

This year students are encouraged to be creative and will be awarded extra points for participating in activities such as making a video to promote their food drive, creating a sculpture with the food they collect, collecting specific heavily requested items, and volunteering at their local food shelf. 

After the Student Food Drive, food collected by the students will be distributed to Channel One agencies in the counties where it was collected.  For more information, log on to www.helpingfeedpeople.org, or call 507-424-1705.

 

CHANNEL ONE REGIONAL FOOD BANK AND CUB FOODS JOIN THE GREAT AMERICAN MILK DRIVE TO
PROVIDE MILK TO CHILDREN WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER

During Summer, Many Kids in Need in Southeast Minnesota Lose Access to the Nutrient-Rich Milk They Receive From In-School Free or Reduced-Price Meal Programs

Rochester, MN, July 13, 2015 – For most kids, summer break is a time of fun and excitement where they are free to play all day, every day. But for more than 22 million children nation-wide, it also may mean the end of access to nutrient-rich milk when in-school free or reduced-price meal programs end.

Last year, Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, partnered with America’s dairy farmers and milk companies to create The Great American Milk Drive. The program is designed to deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to families and children struggling with hunger and often most in need of milk.

The Great American Milk Drive makes it easy for Americans to make a difference in their communities because donations stay local.

“24,480 kids in our area are food insecure,” said Jennifer Woodford, Channel One Regional Food Bank Executive Director.  “We are so grateful for The Great American Milk Drive, which focuses on helping get fresh, nutritious milk to our clients, especially in the summer when school is out. This time of year is our highest demand for services.”

Through July 25, Cub Foods is making it even easier to donate milk.  Shoppers will be able to donate $1, $3, or $5 to the Great American Milk Drive at checkout via a laminated scan card, or shoppers can add to their total bill via a roundup option. Milk vouchers are then distributed to local food shelves for their clients. All Cub Foods stores are participating.

Or, people can participate online. It’s quick and easy to power the play of children in need right here in our community with a small donation at milklife.com/give. Your gift will deliver milk to a family in need in your community who does not have regular access to it. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that milk is delivered from the farm to Channel One, your local Feeding America food bank. 

Since it began, The Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than 325,000 gallons of milk to families in need throughout the country, including 17,166 gallons in Minnesota.

About Cub Foods
Cub Foods, based in Stillwater, Minn., was established in 1968 as one of the nation’s first discount grocery stores. Cub was purchased in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 77 stores in Minnesota and Illinois. For company news and information, follow us on Twitter at @CubFoods and Facebook at www.facebook.com/Cub, or visit our website at www.Cub.com.

 

About National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council® (NDC), the non-profit organization founded by dairy farmers, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC is committed to promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by NDC and the National Football League (NFL), Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. For more information, visit 
www.NationalDairyCouncil.org.

National Association of Letter Carriers, Seneca Foods and Channel One Partner to Fight Summer Hunger

Rochester, MN, May 12, 2015 –   The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which returned for the 23rd year on Saturday, collected 76,469 pounds of food for Olmsted County.    This food drive is a partnership between Channel One Regional Food Bank and local letter carriers and is supported by Seneca Foods. Early in the week letter carriers delivered the signature blue bags to patrons and on Saturday those same letter carriers collect bags of food left by patrons their near mailboxes.  The drive is also supported by Seneca Foods with generation donation of 34,679 pounds of food in honor of TJ Palmby and Preacher Palmby, former letter carriers.

The timing of the letter carriers food drive is crucial.  Channel One Regional Food Bank and the community food shelves it supports get a majority of their donations during Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday seasons.  Most of those donations are depleted by the time summer starts.  With school out, over 23,000 children in southeast Minnesota will not have access to the school free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs.  Many of those families will turn to their local food shelf for support during the summer months.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Letter Carriers and Seneca Foods.  The summer months at Channel One are one of our busiest times.  The food collected during Stamp Out Hunger will help us feed families in need throughout the summer months,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director, Channel One.

And there’s still a chance to donate.  Items such as canned meat, soups, canned fruits and vegetables, and boxed meals are in high demand.  Food can be dropped off at any post office through Friday to be included in the drive or donations can be made online to Channel One Regional Food Bank at www.helpingfeepeople.org.

Channel One Regional Food Bank Presents Donor of the Year Award to Reichel Foods.

Rochester, MN—(April 21, 2015)— Channel One Regional Food Bank announced today that the 2014 Donor of the Year Award was presented to Reichel Foods., a Rochester, MN based business, in a private ceremony earlier this month.   In 1998, Reichel Foods began donating to Channel One shortly after they began production. Reichel Foods was created in 1997 after recognizing the need for and easy, quick snack alternative in today’s grab and go world.   Today, Reichel Foods has become the leader in its category by providing fresh, innovative, affordable products for families everywhere.  Reichel Foods did not want to waste any of the imperfect food that they received and were unable to package.  Instead a relationship with Channel One was developed and Channel One has been the beneficiary of carrots, celery, cheese, crackers, meat, and complete Dippin’ Stix packs they are able to distribute to individuals in need.  In the last five years alone, Reichel Foods has donated 882,907 pounds of food.  Each year, Channel One Regional Food Bank recognizes a community partner with their Donor of the Year Award.  The award is presented to a donor who has demonstrated a commitment to ending hunger through innovation, community awareness and product donation. 

“It is an honor to receive such a distinguished award from an organization who is doing great things in our community. It is always my goal to give back and by partnering with Channel One, Reichel Foods is proud to make a difference.” Craig Reichel, president and chief executive officer Reichel Foods.


Reichel Foods is presented the Channel One Regional Food Bank Donor of the Year Award during a small private ceremony.  Pictured from left to right: Vince McCoy (Channel One), Craig Reichel (Reichel Foods), and Jennifer Woodford (Channel One Regional Food Bank Executive Director).

“We are incredibly grateful to Reichel Foods for their generous food donations and overall commitment to feeding people and changing lives," said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director of Channel One Regional Food Bank.  "Reichel Foods is truly a partner in our mission to help feed people in need."

Reichel Foods outstanding partnership with Channel One in the fight against hunger has made a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors in Southeast Minnesota and La Crosse County, Wisconsin.  Channel One’s work of providing food assistance to over 100,000 individuals throughout Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin is dependent upon generous food donations from food growers, manufacturers and retailers throughout the organization’s 14-county service area.  Our work is greatly aided by donations received from Reichel Foods. 

Reichel Foods, Our mission is to produce innovative and convenient food products of the highest quality. We strive to become the employer of choice by fostering a positive work environment and developing employees to their greatest potential. Ultimately, we strive to become the business of choice by developing and maintaining valued and trusted relationships with our customers.

The Walmart Foundation Awards More Than $725,000 to Minnesota Nonprofits; Celebrates with Day of Giving Across State
14 organizations receive grants for commitment to Minnesota residents

ROCHESTER, MN – March 26, 2015 – Today, Walmart hosted a “Day of Giving” event in Minnesota, awarding 14 nonprofits a Walmart Foundation Minnesota State Giving grant. The Walmart Day of Giving featured five simultaneous events across the state in Rochester, Crookston, Dilworth, Mankato, and Minneapolis, awarding more than $725,000 in grants. In Rochester, two nonprofits were recognized for their dedication to the state while Walmart presented funding on behalf of The Walmart Foundation so that each organization can continue or expand their work.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. Twice a year, the Minnesota State Giving Program looks for organizations that are dedicated to serving residents through its core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women’s economic empowerment.
“We are thrilled to support the continued efforts of these nonprofits in order to achieve our mutual goal of helping families throughout Minnesota live better,” said Shane Miller, Walmart regional general manager. “These organizations have proven to be fundamental components of our communities, and have our support as they continue to make a difference across the state.”

  • Channel One Regional Food Bank received an $86,747 grant to upgrade its inventory software, allowing the nonprofit to implement a barcoding system. Channel One Regional Food Bank serves seniors, working families and individuals in need as well as food shelves, programs and agencies in 14 counties across Minnesota and Wisconsin by providing hunger relief support.

"Channel One Regional Food Bank is honored to receive a grant from the Walmart Foundation to support technology upgrades in our expanded warehouse facility,” said Jennifer Woodford, executive director of Channel One. “This new system will allow us to save time and increase efficiencies, ultimately enabling us to distribute more food to people who are struggling with hunger in southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin.”

In 2013, in Minnesota, the Walmart Foundation awarded $21.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions and a total giving of $22.6 million including customer donations. Donations of cash, food, refrigerated trucks, mobile pantries and other resources are changing lives across America. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched "Fighting Hunger Together" – a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to fight hunger in America. This initiative leverages Walmart's size and resources to provide nutritious food and the Walmart Foundation's ability to grant funding to nonprofits that help elevate the issue.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our almost 11,000 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and ecommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

 

Local Heroes Fight Hunger in Olmsted County
Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign Food and Fund Drive Supports Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf

Rochester, MN—(February 2, 2015)— At Channel One heroes make a difference in the lives of those in our community who are in need every day.  The heroes that support Channel One come in many packages including a couple that has been volunteering for Channel One for over 25 years, a young girl who celebrated her birthday by bringing a group of friends to volunteer, a faith community that has opened their doors as a satellite food shelf for their neighbors, a 91 year old WWII veteran who comes weekly to help sort food, a family that gives up their Saturday mornings to volunteer together, a business that donates their excess food, and a father who donates weekly to remind his family and himself about the importance of helping others.  Together they are feeding people and changing lives.

This March, Channel One Supplement Food shelf is challenging businesses, faith communities, schools, and other organizations to “Be a Hero and Fight Hunger.”  With nearly 12,600 food insecure people living in Olmsted County we need your help to end hunger in our community.  The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is right around the corner.  Minnesota FoodShare is a state-wide food and fund drive Channel One participates in each year during the month of March.  During this month long effort, people participate in food and fund drives where they work, through service clubs, schools, and places of worship.  The more food and funds that Channel One collects during March, the greater our allocation will be from the Minnesota Food Share statewide incentive funds.  To help meet the need at our local Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf, our goal for 2015 is to raise $225,000 and 225,000 pounds of food during the month of March. 

There are many ways an organization can help this March.  Some will organize and host a Food Drive.  Food Drives help offer Channel One clients variety and choice in the items they receive from the food shelf.  Fund Drives are another excellent way for supporters to see their dollars stretch the farthest.  With a $1 donation Channel One is able to provide a client with enough food for 5 meals.  Many local businesses will host Denim Days by having employees donate $5 or more in exchange for wearing jeans for a day to support Channel One and Minnesota FoodShare.   Channel One has many resources available to help organizations in their campaigns. Visit our website www.helpingfeedpeople.org or contact Karen Doering to learn more.

For the last two year’s Channel One’s March FoodShare Campaign was the largest in the state collecting $208,217  and 216,951 pounds in 2014 alone.  This year, Channel One anticipates over 60 organizations participating locally in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.  With the support of our community members, Channel One plans to surpass this goal in 2015.

A Lengthy Goal - One Mile of Mac and Cheese
 is set for Rochester Winterfest

Channel One Partners with Noodles & Company and HyVee for
Mac and Cheese Drive

January 29, 2015 -  ROCHESTER, MN – Channel One Regional Food Bank announces a Winterfest 2015 Challenge to the community- to collect one mile of mac and cheese in one weekend.  That goal, which equates to 9,000 boxes, will help sustain the need for the frequently requested product at Channel One’s Supplemental Food shelf throughout the year.  Can you imagine being a kid and not having mac and cheese? Channel One Regional Food Bank joins the many area non-profit agencies that partner with Winterfest XII to help raise awareness and funds for their organizations.

To achieve this goal, Channel One has partnered with two wonderful businesses in Rochester.  February 6, 7 and 8, Noodles and Company is offering one free regular order of Mac and Cheese to each individual customer who brings in 5 boxes of Mac and Cheese to their Rochester locations to donate to Channel One.  In addition, volunteers will be asking shoppers at all three Rochester HyVee locations to purchase boxes of Mac and Cheese and donate them to Channel One by leaving them in collection bins at each grocery store Saturday and Sunday February 7 and 8.  This community effort will help ensure warm bellies throughout the county for kids facing hunger this winter and spring. 

Purchase of Supplemental Nutritious Foods Made Possible in Part by a Grant from S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at The Community Foundation – Inland Southern California

January 28, 2015 -- Rochester, Minnesota –Channel One Regional Food Bank recently received a grant from S.L Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at The Community Foundation – Inland Southern California.  As a recipient of the Holiday Food Program Grant from the S.L Gimbel Foundation, Channel One will be able to supplement backpacks of food for area students with the purchase of approximately 8,824 pre-packaged meals and 8,328 pop-top cans of vegetables. 

“We are grateful to S.L. Gimbel Foundation and The Community Foundation for their support.  Unfortunately, the need for assistance for people struggling with hunger continues to rise.  This grant will allow us to purchase food that we will distribute to children in need throughout our community.  Together, we are feeding people and changing lives,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director of Channel One Regional Food Bank.

Channel One Regional Food Bank can distribute enough food for five meals to a person in need with each dollar donated.  S.L. Gimbel Foundation’s generous contribution will allow Channel One Regional Food Bank to provide healthy meal options and nutritious vegetables to children struggling with hunger. 


The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation created by and for the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Community Foundation connects donors with the causes they care about. Established in 1941, The Community Foundation has $60 million in assets and provides college scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations across the two-county area. It also serves as a regional convener to address issues regarding their Community Initiatives, which include Arts & Culture, Capacity Building, Environmental, Youth Philanthropy, and Education.

Altra Federal Credit Union’s Drive Away Hunger Campaign Generates Over $21,000 Nationally to Fight Hunger

December 15, 2014– Altra Federal Credit Union raised over $21,000 nationally with its Drive Away Hunger Campaign.  “Hunger is a very real concern in the communities we serve,” stated Cheryl Dutton, Vice President of Marketing for Altra Federal Credit Union.  “Besides the financial contribution achieved by the campaign, Drive Away Hunger also generated awareness of the increasing need our communities face in feeding the hungry.” 

Altra donated $10 for every car, truck, and motorcycle loan financed through Altra from October 1 through November 30th.  Members who matched Altra’s $10 donation were rewarded with a rate discount.  Members contributed over 30% of the total dollars raised.  Altra partnered with The Hunger Task Force in La Crosse, Wisconsin; Winona Volunteer Services in Winona, Minnesota; Empty Bowls in Clarksville, Tennessee; East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, Texas; and Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester, MN.  Marketing communications for each recipient organization highlighted hunger statistics in their community to generate awareness of the need.

Altra’s donation of $1,240 to Channel One Regional Food Bank will provide enough food for 6,200 meals to benefit local citizens in the community requiring food assistance.

"We are so grateful for community partners like Altra Federal Credit Union.  Only by working together, will we as a community be able to help feed those in need,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director at Channel One Regional Food Bank. 

Altra will be presenting the check to Channel One Regional Food Bank on December 17th at 2:00 pm.  Channel One Regional Food Bank is located at 131 35th St SE, Rochester, MN.
Altra Federal Credit Union is a nationwide, full-service cooperative financial institution with over 82,000 members and $1 billion in assets.  They currently have 16 locations in eight states.  Altra was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Onalaska, WI.  www.altra.org

EMPTY BOWLS:  A Fundraiser to Fight Local Hunger
Empty Bowls 2014 is scheduled for
Thursday, October 9th at the Rochester Art Center

ROCHESTER, MN, October 08, 2014—Channel One Regional Food Bank and Think Mutual Bank invite the community to join the fight against hunger by attending the 10th Annual Empty Bowls Thursday, October 9th at the Rochester Art Center.   Have a simple meal of soup and bread and choose a hand-painted bowl that has been donated and to serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls that are in our community each day.  A silent auction and access to Art Center exhibitions will also be available.  

Empty Bowls will be held Thursday, October 9th, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rochester Art Center.  As the main fundraiser for Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf, Empty Bowls depends on local support for the creation of hand painted ceramic bowls, donated soup and bread, and countless volunteer hours from students, community groups, and educators.Over the last 10 years, this event has been able to provide enough food for nearly 2 million meals.

Admission for the 2014 event is $10 for pre-sale tickets or $15 at the door.  Family tickets are also available for $30 in advance or $35 at the door.  Pre-purchase tickets are available online at www.helpingfeedpeople.org, by phone at 507-287-2350 or in person at Channel One, all Think Mutual Bank branches, Color Me Mine and the Rochester Art Center. 

All proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf and support the mission of “helping feed people in need.”  For more information about Empty Bowls or Channel One, visit www.helpingfeedpeople.org or call 507-424-1705.

Minnesota farmers tapped to combat hunger in their hometowns.

Invest an Acre program turns Minnesota farmers’ harvest donations into meals for local families

Minneapolis (July 29, 2014) — Minnesota farmers have an opportunity this fall to help solve a rising but little known problem affecting rural communities throughout the state. This year in rural Minnesota, families will miss 40 million meals. Minnesota farmers already play a significant role in food production for the state, country and world. But a need still exists and in rural communities hunger is often hidden. Feeding America’s Invest an Acre program turns farmer contributions into meals for local families. Famers can get involved in two ways; they can make a cash donation now or pledge to make a donation from this year’s crop at harvest. Farmers do not need to give a final commitment until the crops are at the elevator. “Hunger does not discriminate. It does not care where you live. Hunger does not care whether you are young or old. Hunger can strike anyone at any time,” says Jennifer Woodford, executive director of Channel One Regional Food Bank. “For many families, a serious life event means hunger strikes when it is least expected and defenses are down. A gift through Invest an Acre can help us stop hunger in its tracks right in local communities.” Hunger is often a hidden problem that affects seniors, working families and children in rural as well as metro areas. One in 10 Minnesotans is at risk of missing a meal every day. Invest an Acre is part of a larger initiative to actively engage farmers in combatting hunger – Harvest to End Hunger MN. The second arm of the program is Share Fresh MN, a fresh produce donation program that accepts unharvest or unsold produce from farmers. The program is simple, farmers are asked to visit HarvestToEndHungerMN.org and pledge the revenue from an acre, bushel or any amount of their 2014 crop to help fight hunger in their own communities. When harvest nears, farmers will be reminded to go online to create a donation form to bring to their local elevator with their grain donation. One hundred percent of the donation stays in the farmer’s community, and all of the money goes directly to provide food to hungry families. The Monsanto Company is matching every donation nationally, dollar for dollar, up to $675,000, doubling the impact. The cluster of participating food banks includes Channel One Regional Food Bank, Great Plains Food Bank, North Country Food Bank, Inc., Second Harvest Heartland, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. To learn more about Invest an Acre and Harvest to End Hunger Minnesota, visit www.HarvestToEndHungerMN.org.

About Harvest to End Hunger Minnesota Every community has “hidden hungry” who are struggling to gain stability during tough times. The six Feeding America food banks serving local regions in Minnesota have joined forces to offer farmers simple ways to help fight hunger in their local communities. Participating food banks include Channel One Regional Food Bank, Great Plains Food Bank, North Country Food Bank, Inc., Second Harvest Heartland, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Through the program, farmers can donate revenue from a portion of their non-edible crops and/or donate excess produce crops that will go to food banks and food shelves locally.

For more information, visit www.HarvestToEndHungerMN.org.

About Feeding America Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, it provides food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

Channel One Regional Food Bank of Rochester, Minn. Wins $500,000 "All-Star Fans Choose" grant

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball today announced Channel One Regional Food Bank as the winner of the first-ever "All-Star Fans Choose" grant. Nearly 75,000 fans voted to help award a $500,000 grant to one of the seven Upper Midwest non-profit organizations named as finalists for the grant. Additionally, the remaining six finalists will each receive a $50,000 grant to further their missions. This $800,000 donation is a part of the 2014 All-Star legacy giving program, an effort by Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and the Pohlad Family Foundation to leave a lasting legacy from the MLB All-Star Game throughout Twins Territory.

"A huge thanks to the overwhelming number of fans who voted for this first-ever 'Fans Choose' grant," said Bryan Donaldson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. "We're thrilled to have offered this opportunity to local non-profits thanks to the generosity of Major League Baseball, the Pohlad Family Foundation and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund."

Channel One Regional Food Bank works in partnership with others to help feed people in need. They plan to use the $500,000 grant to add more than 20,000 square feet of warehouse space at their Rochester location and build a kitchen and classroom to better serve and feed people in need. Channel One serves 13 counties in Southeast Minnesota and LaCrosse County in Wisconsin and an average of 100,000 people a year.

Nearly 100 non-profit groups from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin applied to be considered for this first-of-its-kind grant. A panel of judges, consisting of representatives from MLB, the local community and the Twins, determined the final seven non-profit projects based on the following criteria: impact on community, scope, timeline, environmental impact, sustainable design and quality of application.

Six other finalists for the "All-Star Fans Choose" grant will receive $50,000 to further their missions. These non-profit organizations include Camp Fire Minnesota of Chanhassen, Minn.; Cookie Cart of Minneapolis, Minn.; Hmong American Farmers Association of Vermillion, Minn.; Madison Claire Foundation of Woodbury, Minn.; Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge of St. Michael, Minn. and People Serving People of Minneapolis, Minn.

The "All-Star Fans Choose" grant is a part of the most extensive legacy giving campaign in Midsummer Classic history. On Friday, April 25, the Twins and Major League Baseball announced plans for the 2014 All-Star community legacy efforts, including the contribution of more than $8 million toward local projects and national charitable initiatives. The unprecedented level of giving is possible due to a partnership between MLB Charities, the Twins Community Fund and the Pohlad Family Foundation.

Rochester Great Harvest celebrates Christmas in July
Bakery collecting food for local Channel One Food Bank

Rochester, Minn., July 7, 2014 – The Rochester Great Harvest Bread Co. is celebrating Christmas in July and collecting food for the local Channel One Food Bank. The bakery will deck the halls on July 25 and 26 with Christmas decorations, holiday products and music, and prize giveaways including gift baskets and free bread. Any customer that brings three canned goods to the bakery on those dates will receive a free loaf of whole grain bread.
“During the holidays, we always hear about people who need help just putting food on their family table, but hunger is a year round issue for many families in the area,” says bakery owner Dan Sweeney. “We want to bring that holiday spirit to the community year-round and focus on those that need our help, now.” 
The bakery will offer products traditionally made during the holidays including Merry Berry bread, Finnish Pulla bread, and Holiday Sugar and Saint Nickerdoodle cookies. Also on offer will be the bakery's signature Honey Whole Wheat, Challah, and Cinnamon Chip loaves.
“Channel One is excited to partner with Great Harvest Bread Co. and celebrate Christmas in July,” says Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director of Channel One Regional Food Bank. “Summer is the busiest time at the Channel One Food Shelf, when kids are out of school and don’t have breakfast and lunch available for them.  Food donated through Christmas in July will really help fill our empty shelves!”
Originally founded in 1976 in Great Falls, Mont., Great Harvest has more than 200 bakeries located throughout the nation including Alaska and Hawaii—all bakeries are individually owned and operated, and no two are alike. Great Harvest is known for handcrafted breads made with freshly ground whole wheat purchased from family-owned farms. The neighborhood bakeries create an array of legendary fresh baked breads and sweets, as well as specialty items during the holidays. Great Harvest mills its whole wheat daily. The fresh flour is used within two days to guarantee the best taste and nutritional value.
For more information on the Channel One Food Bank, visit www.Channel-One.org . For more information on the bakery, visit www.GreatHarvestRochester.com or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GreatHarvestBreadCoRochester. The Rochester Great Harvest Bread Co. is located at 706 N. Broadway.

Channel One Regional Food Bank and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Announce Fifth Annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant

In Minnesota, summer means trips to the lake, long bike rides, and fresh produce. But many Minnesota families can’t afford weekly trips to the farmer’s market for fruits and vegetables.  Channel One Food Shelf helps provide nutritious fruits and vegetables to these families and needs your help this summer. Donations in July will be matched by Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless to help end hunger in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Channel One and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Fifth Annual  $150,000 Food Shelf Challenge Grant. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will match donations to Channel One during the month of July, up to $5,000. The more funds Channel One raises in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be.  In 2013, Minnesota food shelves raised over $1,000,000 with this grant and hope to raise even more this year.
Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless believes this approach to hunger alleviation is effective because it brings communities together to solve a growing concern across Minnesota.  The $150,000 Challenge will power a statewide initiative that leverages Open Your Heart funding to bring additional dollars to food shelves and increase awareness of child hunger during the summer.  Since 1986, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has targeted millions of dollars to strategically fight hunger in Minnesota. Open Your Heart funds the purchase and transfer of more than one million pounds of fresh produce, meat and dairy products every year through Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
Minnesota food shelves help families obtain the groceries they cannot afford to purchase on their own.  People served by food shelves report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities and other necessities.  Summer is especially stressful for both families with children and the food shelves that serve them. Every day, 3,500 Minnesota children are served by food shelves. For many kids, being home from school for the summer means they miss out on school meal programs as well. Food shelves help fill this gap.


Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf, a member of Feeding America, is the largest hunger relief organization in Southeast Minnesota.  The organization provides food assistance to low income individuals and families through the Channel One Food Shelf Program.  Additionally, Channel One rescues surplus donated food product from the food industry and distributes the food to area food shelves, meal programs, group homes, and shelters throughout a 14-county service area in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  In Fiscal Year 2012-2013, Channel One distributed approximately 9 million pounds of food to people in need.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has 28 years of experience as the only grant provider in Minnesota focused solely on alleviating hunger and homelessness. Open Your Heart helps food and shelter providers of all sizes get the resources they need to serve more people, including mattresses, freezers, fresh produce and roof repairs. They also support homeless students by providing school supplies, activity fees, gym shoes, tutoring materials and other essentials that help them engage fully in school.  For more information:  http://www.oyh.org/

National Association of Letter Carriers, Seneca Foods and Channel One Partner to Fight Summer Hunger

Rochester, MN, May 14, 2014 –   The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which returned for the 22nd year on Saturday, collected 62,000 pounds of food for Olmsted County.    This food drive is a partnership between Channel One Regional Food Bank and local letter carriers and is supported by Seneca Foods. Early in the week letter carriers delivered the signature blue bags to patrons and on Saturday those same letter carriers collect bags of food left by patrons their near mailboxes.  The drive is also supported by Seneca Foods with generation donation of 19,213 pounds of food in honor of TJ Palmby and Preacher Palmby, a former letter carrier.

The timing of the letter carriers food drive is crucial.  Channel One Regional Food Bank and the community food shelves it supports get a majority of their donations during Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday seasons.  Most of those donations are depleted by the time summer starts.  With school out, over 23,000 children in southeast Minnesota will not have access to the school free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs.  Many of those families will turn to their local food shelf for support during the summer months.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Letter Carriers and Seneca Foods.  The summer months at Channel One are one of our busiest times.  The food collected during Stamp Out Hunger will ensure that Channel One will have enough food for families in need,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director, Channel One.

And there’s still a chance to donate.  Items such as canned meat, soups, canned fruits and vegetables, and boxed meals are in high demand.  Food can be dropped off at any post office through Friday to be included in the drive or donations can be made online to Channel One Regional Food Bank at www.helpingfeepeople.org.

Kwik Trip, Inc. Named Channel One Regional Food Bank Donor of the Year

Rochester, MN—(March 10, 2014)— Channel One Regional Food Bank announced today that the 2014 Donor of the Year Award will be presented later this month to Kwik Trip, Inc., the La Crosse, WI based family-owned convenience store.   What began with donations of bakery, dairy, and kitchen items from the Kwik Trip, Inc. distribution center, has grown into an essential partnership resulting in the distribution of tens of thousands of pounds of donated food to people struggling with hunger in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  Each year, Channel One Regional Food Bank recognizes a community partner with their Donor of the Year Award.  The award is presented to a donor who has demonstrated a commitment to ending hunger through innovation, community awareness and product donation.  In addition to their partnership with Channel One, Kwik Trip, Inc.,  is now working with six Feeding America food banks in the communities they serve to provide fresh and nutritious food to those in need.

“We are incredibly grateful to Kwik Trip, Inc. for their generous donations and overall commitment to ending hunger and changing lives in the communities they serve with their stores." said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director of Channel One.  "They are a wonderful partner in our mission to help feed people in need."

Kwik Trip, Inc.’s outstanding partnership with Channel One in the fight against hunger has made a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors in Southeast Minnesota and La Crosse County, Wisconsin.  The entire Kwik Trip, Inc. team has been dedicated to working with Channel One and partner agencies throughout their service area to provide fresh nutritious food to those in need.  Channel One’s work of providing food assistance to over 100,000 individuals throughout Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin is dependent upon generous food donations from food growers, manufacturers and retailers throughout the organization’s 14-county service area.  Our work is greatly aided by donations received from Kwik Trip, Inc.

Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf, a member of Feeding America, is the largest hunger relief organization in Southeast Minnesota.  The organization provides food assistance to low income individuals and families through the Channel One Food Shelf Program.  Additionally, Channel One rescues surplus donated food product from the food industry and distributes the food to area food shelves, meal programs, group homes, and shelters throughout a 14-county service area in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  In Fiscal Year 2012-2013, Channel One distributed approximately 9 million pounds of food to people in need.

Kwik Trip, Inc., is a family-owned, convenience store that first opened their doors to guests in 1965.  Kwik Trip, Inc. has added new and fresh abilities to offer the high-quality products at a low price by making many of the things we sell ourselves, keeping costs low and eliminating the middleman’s markup.  Today, Kwik Trip has over 11,000 co-workers serving guests in over 450 Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Hearty Platter® and Tobacco Outlet Plus stores throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. We are a growing company and leader in our industry by giving our loyal customers quality products and outstanding, friendly service, at a fair, low price.   Kwik Trip, Inc. Mission: "To serve our customers and community more effectively than anyone else by treating our customers, co-workers and suppliers as we, personally, would like to be treated and to make a difference in someone's life."

 

A Lengthy Goal - One Mile of Mac and Cheese is set for Winterfest 2014


February 4, 2014 -  ROCHESTER, MN – Channel One Regional Food Bank announces today a Winterfest 2014 Challenge to the community- to collect one mile of mac and cheese this weekend.  That goal, which equates to 9,000 boxes, will help sustain the need for the frequently requested product at Channel One’s Supplemental Food shelf throughout the year.  Can you imagine being a kid and not having mac and cheese?  To achieve this goal, Channel One will be collecting donations at all three locations of Hy-Vee and Noodles and Company this weekend, February 8 and 9, in Rochester.  Channel One joins the many area non-profit agencies that partner with Winterfest XII to help raise awareness and funds for their organizations.

Volunteers will be asking shoppers at the Rochester HyVee locations to purchase a few boxes of Mac and Cheese and donate them to Channel One by leaving them in collection bins at each grocery store this weekend.  Noodles and Company is offering one free regular order of Mac and Cheese to each individual customer who brings in 5 boxes of Mac and Cheese to donate to Channel One this Saturday and Sunday February 8 and 9.  This community effort will help ensure warm bellies throughout the county for kids facing hunger this winter and spring. 

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 234 retail stores in eight Midwestern states. For 2013 the company recorded sales of $8 billion, ranking it among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. To learn more, visit the company’s website at www.hy-vee.com.

Noodles and Company is a fast-casual restaurant concept serving noodles, sandwiches, salads and soups inspired by cuisines from around the globe.  As of May 28, 2013 Noodles and Company has 340 restaurants in 26 states.  These include both corporate and franchise owned and operated locations. To learn more, visit the company’s website at www.noodles.com.

 

Purchase of Supplemental Nutritious Foods Made possible in part by a grant from S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at The Community Foundation

January 27, 2014 -- Rochester, Minnesota,  –Channel One Regional Food Bank recently received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from S.L Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at The Community Foundation.  As a recipient of the Holiday Food Program Grant from the S.L Gimbel Foundation, Channel One will be able to supplement hunger relief agencies across their service area with additional nutritious foods.  Channel One Regional Food Bank will use the funds from the S. L. Gimbel Foundation to purchase pre-packaged meats and canned fruit.  The food  will be distributed to many of Channel One’s 200 partner agencies in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin that are helping to feed people in need.

“We are grateful to S.L. Gimbel Foundation and The Community Foundation for their support.  Unfortunately, the need for assistance for people struggling with hunger continues to rise.  This grant will allow us to purchase food that we will distribute to hunger relief agencies all throughout our service area.  Together, we are feeding people and changing lives,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director of Channel One Regional Food Bank.

Channel One Regional Food Bank can distribute enough food for five meals to a person in need with each dollar donated.  S.L. Gimbel Foundation’s generous contribution will allow Channel One Regional Food Bank to provide healthy protein options and nutritious fruit to those struggling with hunger in its 14-county service area. 


The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation created by and for the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Community Foundation connects donors with the causes they care about. Established in 1941, The Community Foundation has $60 million in assets and provides college scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations across the two-county area. It also serves as a regional convener to address issues regarding their Community Initiatives, which include Arts & Culture, Capacity Building, Environmental, Youth Philanthropy, and Education.

 

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Makes Stop in Rochester, MN to Support Channel One

Train of lights to bring its magic to Rochester, MN

ROCHESTER, MN November 25, 2013– Channel One Regional Food Bank and Canadian Pacific are proud to announce the 2013 Holiday Train will be stopping in Rochester on December 6th at 2:15pm behind the Barlow Hy-Vee employee parking lot.   Along with bringing Holiday cheer, the Holiday Train is making a difference, one stop at a time through raising food, money and awareness about hunger issues in Canada and the U.S.

This year’s Holiday Trains will feature 14 brightly decorated rail cars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs.  The event will include a brief ceremony recognizes the efforts of Channel One Regional Food Bank in its fight against hunger and a half hour of holiday themed music with guest artists The Claytones and Willy Porter.

With families continuing to turn to our local food shelf, the need is always present.  Items such as canned meat, soups, canned fruits and vegetables, and boxed meals are in high demand.  The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring cash or non-perishable food donations for Channel One. Everything raised will stay here in Olmsted County for local distribution.

Channel One partners with Hy-Vee to donate
500 turkeys to local recipients

Effort part of a Hy-Vee initiative to donate 10,000 turkeys in 10 cities over 10 days

ROCHESTER, MN – Novebmer 19, 2013 Today, Channel One Regional Food Bank is excited to announce that it has received a donation of 500 frozen turkeys—an excellent source of high quality protein just in time for Thanksgiving. The donation was made possible by Hy-Vee, a Midwestern grocery store chain operating in eight states, as part of a company-wide initiative to combat hunger.

“We are thrilled to have been able to partner with Hy-Vee to accept and deliver these turkeys to those in need in our local community,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director. “The donation of these turkeys comes at a time that is traditionally high need for our facility. This donation helps to ensure that we continue to meet our growing demand and provide hope to families and individuals.”

Hy-Vee is embarking on a 10-day, 10-city, 10,000-turkey effort in which the company will donate frozen turkeys to local food banks, missions and shelters to fight food insecurity, and ensure access to safe, quality and nutritious food. Turkeys will be delivered throughout Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.

“As a grocery store and member of this community, Hy-Vee is committed to fighting food insecurity,” said Randy Edeker, CEO of Hy-Vee. “In order to accomplish this goal, we will continue to look for ways in which we can make a difference by assisting local hunger relief organizations to help families in need within our communities. We have the responsibility to take care of each other, and we recognize that through these efforts.”

 

Faribault Foods Donates 20,000lbs of to Kick Off 4th Annual Student Food Drive

2013 Channel One Student Food Drive

ROCHESTER, MN, October 15, 2013 –   In partnership with Faribault Foods, Channel One Regional Food Bank kicks of its 4th Annual Student Food Drive conducted by high schools in the Channel One service area to collect and donate food to the Channel One Food Bank and its member agencies.  The goal is 75,000 pounds of food this year which will provide enough food for 90,000 meals. 

This year students are encouraged to be creative and will be awards extra points for participating in activities such as making a video to promote their food drive, creating a sculpture with the food they collect, collecting specific heavily requested items, and volunteering at their local food shelf.  Winning organizations will be awarded prize money with a total of $3875 being given out to the participating clubs and schools. 

After the Student Food Drive, food collected from the Student Food Drive will be distributed to Channel One agencies in the counties where it was collected.  For more information, log on to www.helpingfeedpeople.org, or call 507-424-1705.

 


DRIVEN TO END HUNGER” LAUNCHES AT FIVE LOCATIONS ACROSS ROCHESTER THURSDAY MORNING

Channel One Regional Food Bank and Rochester Motor Cars form community partnership to end hunger

The Driven to End Hunger Donation Locations from 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on September 5, 2013, are as follows:  The Salon, 324 1st Ave SW; HyVee Barlow, 500 Crossroads Dr SW; MOKA, 1023 Broadway Ave N; and Walmart South, 25 25th St SW.

Channel One Regional Food Bank and Rochester Motor Cars are pleased to announce a new community campaign and partnership, “Driven to End Hunger.”  The Campaign kicks off during the morning commute Thursday, September 5, from 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at five locations across Rochester.  Representatives from Channel One and Rochester Motor Cars will be taking cash and food donations on-site from 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the following locations: The Salon, 324 1st Ave SW; HyVee Barlow, 500 Crossroads Dr SW; MOKA, 1023 Broadway Ave N; Walmart North, 3400 55th St. NW; and Walmart South, 25 25th St SW.  Commuters are encouraged to start the day out right by helping their neighbors in need.  A $1 donation will allow Channel One to provide enough food for five meals.

“We are so grateful to have the company-wide support of such an excellent organization like Rochester Motor Cars,” states Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank.  “Their commitment to our mission is profound.  Driven to End Hunger will launch their company effort to fulfill their $100,000 commitment for our warehouse expansion.”

“We hope people will stop by and make a donation instead of stopping for coffee on their way to work Thursday morning.  We tried to pick locations that would be convenient for our community and make it easy to be a part of this profound campaign.  At the end of the day, the idea that $1 can provide five meals is staggering,” says Jen Murillo, Marketing Manager at Rochester Motor Cars. “If more individuals and companies stepped up to the plate, we could end hunger in Southeast Minnesota.  Who wouldn’t want that?”

Channel One Regional Food Bank Receives Grant to Support Summer Backpack Programs

June 5, 2013 –Channel One Regional Food Bank is pleased to announce it has received a $19,245 grant from Hunger Solutions and the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services to support low-income children and families in need during the summer months.   Funds will be used to distribute food during June, July and August through the Waseca Area Neighborhood Service Center Backpack Program, the St. Charles Backpack Program and the Channel One Backpack Program.  Channel One will also be partnering with the University of Minnesota Extension’s Simply Good Eating program to provide nutrition education to those served through backpack programs.

The Hunger Solutions 2013 Summer Backpack Grant goal is to increase the availability of food to children and families in need when school is out of session.  The summer months are often hard on families struggling financially, as there are extra food and child care costs when kids are out of school and do not have access to a school lunch program.  

“We know that there are many children in our community that need our help to fight hunger in their homes during the summer months,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank.  “This grant will allow us to purchase and distribute nutritious food that is crucial for children’s healthy growth.  Hungry children will have the opportunity to thrive year-round by having access to the nutrients that are essential for physical and brain development.”

Hunger Solutions offered a total of $86,000 to the six Feeding America food banks serving Minnesota.  Food banks were allowed to apply for multiple communities within their service area that had a backpack program committed to providing nutritious food to low-income children and families.

About Hunger Solutions Minnesota Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting over 300 agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, and guiding grassroots advocacy. HSM advocates for the maximum use of all federal public nutrition dollars available and works to improve low income Minnesotans’ access to all nutrition programs. The HSM Minnesota Food HelpLine (1-888-711-1151) helps enroll low-income Minnesotans in SNAP (Food Stamps) and helps callers find emergency food assistance in their area. For further information, visit http://www.hungersolutions.org/ or call 651-789-9843.

Channel One Regional Food Bank Receives $20,000 from AdvoCare

Rochester, Minnesota, May 20, 2013 –Channel One Regional Food Bank received a $20,000 donation from AdvoCare International on Saturday, May 11th.  In celebration of their 20th anniversary year AdvoCare International, a premier health and wellness company, is contributing $400,000 to 20 food banks across the country to help alleviate hunger in the communities they serve. 

Channel One Regional Food Bank can provide enough food for five meals to a person in need with every dollar donated.  AdvoCare’s generous contribution will allow Channel One Regional Food Bank to provide 100,000 meals to those struggling with hunger in its 14-county service area.  In addition to the monetary donation, AdvoCare also donated nearly 900 pounds of food at the leadership training event on Saturday.

“We are so grateful that AdvoCare has chosen to support us with this financial gift,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank.  “They clearly stand behind their mission of being ‘advocates who care’ and, on behalf of Channel One Regional Food Bank, I want to thank them for this generous donation, which will go a long way towards fighting hunger throughout the 14 counties we serve.”

Channel One Regional Food Bank will use the funds from AdvoCare to purchase and rescue food from the food industry.  The food  will then be distributed to Channel One’s 200 partner agencies in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin that are helping to feed people in need.

“AdvoCare is a company with a strong heritage of giving back,” said Allison Levy, General Counsel for AdvoCare.  “We are a proud partner with Channel One Regional Food Bank and provide them with $20,000 in support of the tremendous work they do feeding local families in need.”

About AdvoCare International, LP
For 20 years, AdvoCare has offered general nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific & Medical Advisory Board. AdvoCare now offers more than 70 exclusive products and a business opportunity that empowers individuals to explore their ultimate potential. AdvoCare was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas. For more information on AdvoCare, visit www.advocare.com or call 800-542-4800.

21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a Big Success!

May 15, 2013—Rochester, MN— On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Campbell Soup Company joined forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help Stamp Out Hunger.  Now in its 21st year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.  Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.  

The total amount of food collected for the 2013 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in our community was over 60,000 pounds!  The collected food items were donated to Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf to help feed individuals in need in our communities.  Last year, Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf distributed over eight million pounds of food to our community members in need.    

A big thank you to the following for helping make the 21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive a success:

  • Seneca Foods for a donation of 17,038 pounds of food toward to the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in memory of former letter carriers Ronal “Preacher” Palmby and Tom “TJ” Palmby.
  • Hy-Vee for your support and providing Stamp Out Hunger collection bags.
  • Postal workers for your hard work and dedication to collecting the food donations and helping our community members in need.
  • Community members for helping your local mail carriers collect 42,987 pounds of food for those in need! 

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About Campbell Soup Company Campbell Soup Company is a manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, baked snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including "Campbell's," "Pepperidge Farm," "Arnott's," "V8" and “Bolthouse Farms.” Through its corporate social responsibility program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoup.com.

About the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) The National Association of Letter Carriers is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service founded in 1889. Today, the NALC maintains its tradition as a vibrant union of over 300,000 members in all 50 states and other U.S. jurisdictions.For more information, visit http://nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.

Channel One Regional Food Bank Wins $45,000 Grant as Part of Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together Initiative        

One of 100 organizations selected to receive part of $3 million in grants to fight hunger this spring

Rochester, Minnesota, May 06, 2013 –Channel One Regional Food Bank has been selected as one of 40 winning Feeding America food banks to receive a $45,000 grant from Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together initiative. Throughout April, customers voted for more than 300 Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies by visiting www.walmart.com/hunger. As a result of the votes cast,100 food banks and partner agencies will receive a total of $3 million in grants—40 Feeding America member food banks will receive $1.8 million in grants ($45k each) and 60 of their partner agencies will receive $1.2 million in grants ($20k each).

Channel One Regional Food Bank is one of more than 200 Feeding America banks located throughout the United States. The Feeding America network of food banks and their partner food assistance agencies, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and after-school programs, feed 37 million people annually, including nearly 14 million children.

“During the spring months, we typically experience a drop in our overall donations. Initiatives like Fighting Hunger Together provide an avenue for anyone, regardless of their financial situation to help make a positive impact in our community,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank. “With this grant, we will be able to feed hundreds of children through our Backpack Program.”

Channel One Regional Food Bank will use the Fighting Hunger Together grant funds to support its Backpack Program.  The Backpack Program currently serves 20 schools – 17 elementary schools and 3 middle schools—and over 1,300 students.  For the Backpack Program, Channel One partner churches pick-up child-friendly food from Channel One each week and pack it into non-descript backpacks that are assigned by number to a child at their partner school.  The church groups then deliver the backpacks to the school where school staff distribute them on Friday as kids head home for the weekend.  On Monday, the backpacks return empty to school, where the churches pick them up and the process starts all over again.  Channel One is committed to providing the food to partner churches for the backpacks free of charge, so these grant funds are important to help us continue to feed children in need.  Children enrolled in the Backpack Program are chosen based upon eligibility for free and reduced price lunches as identified by the schools.       

“We want to thank the local organizations, volunteers and customers who participated in this campaign and work to support their communities year round,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. “Through their efforts, we can bring attention to the need local communities experience during the spring months and help fill the gap by providing ways for customers to generate millions of meals and volunteer.”

The Fighting Hunger Together initiative is part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment through 2015 to fight hunger. To learn more about the program and Walmart’s commitment, visit www.walmart.com/hunger.

About Philanthropy at Walmart 
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

                      

CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY AND LETTER CARRIERS CELEBRATE 21st YEAR OF STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Campbell Soup Company will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help Stamp Out Hunger.  Now in its 21st year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2012, generous Americans donated 70 million pounds of food, which marked the ninth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected by letter carriers.

“We’re incredibly excited for the 21st year of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive,” said Fredric V. Rolando, NALC president. “We’re asking people across the country for their support to make this year the most successful in the drive’s history. It’s so easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox to help neighbors in need. That’s all it takes.”

Nick Cannon, multi-talented entertainer and member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council, is the national spokesperson for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive for the third consecutive year. The drive particularly hits home for Cannon, who experienced hunger and relied on food pantries as a child.

The need for food assistance continues to exist in every community in America, no matter how rich or poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 17 million children in America are struggling with hunger.
Campbell Soup Company and its partners are producing post cards and shopping bags that will be delivered to more than 75 million homes across the country as a reminder to participate in the drive. In addition, Campbell will again support this year’s food collection effort by donating one million pounds of food to Feeding America member food banks.

“Campbell is committed to the success of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive and we encourage everyone to participate,” said Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company’s president and chief executive officer. “It is a sad reality that millions of Americans, especially our children, continue to face hunger in a country as bountiful as ours. We believe that, with the help and generosity of those who are able, we can provide much needed support for our community members in need.”

To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Rochester, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11.  Letter carriers in Rochester will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to Channel One Regional Food Bank.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

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About Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf  Channel One Regional Food Bank, a certified member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that serves the mission “to work in partnership with others to help feed people in need.”  In 2011-12, Channel One Regional Food Bank distributed approximately eight million pounds of food to those in need.  We are currently serving an average of 100,000 individuals in our communities, with an average attendance of nearly 4,000 different households per month at the Supplemental Food Shelf.  The programs at Channel One Regional Food Bank include the Backpack Program, Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf, Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Green Garden Program and the Mobile Food Pantry.  Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf serves seniors,  individuals with physical or mental-health disabilities, working families and individuals, people in times of crisis due to job loss, medical problems or personal disaster, and food shelves and other agencies in 14 counties.  These counties include Faribault, Waseca, Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore, Winona, Houston, and La Crosse County in Wisconsin.  Find out more about Channel One programs and how you can join the fight against hunger by visiting our web site at www.helpingfeedpeople.org.  

About Campbell Soup Company Campbell Soup Company is a manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, baked snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including "Campbell's," "Pepperidge Farm," "Arnott's," "V8" and “Bolthouse Farms.” Through its corporate social responsibility program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoup.com.

About the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) The National Association of Letter Carriers is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service founded in 1889. Today, the NALC maintains its tradition as a vibrant union of over 300,000 members in all 50 states and other U.S. jurisdictions.For more information, visit http://nalc.org/commun/foodrive/index.html.

Mayor Brede Announces Mayors Day of Recognition for
National Service on April 9

(Rochester, MN) – Mayor Ardell Brede will join more than 650 Mayors across the country in a national day of recognition to highlight the impact of national service in their cities and thank individuals who serve, participating in the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. 

The initiative is led by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Cities of Service, and other organizations.

“National service is a vital resource for America’s cities,” said Mayor Nutter.  “By unleashing the power of citizens, Senior Corps Programs (RSVP, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion) and AmeriCorps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities better places to live.”

A key partner is the Corporation for National and Service, a federal agency that oversees Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and other programs that engage more than five million citizens in service each year.  This agency works hand-in-hand with cities, nonprofits, and other local partners to support high-impact national service at more than 70,000 sites in 8,000 cities across the country.

Approximately 200 Senior Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps members are serving in Rochester, tackling tough challenges including adult literacy, food security, independent living for seniors, affordable housing, and bridging the education gap, as well as serving at many local non-profit organizations

On Tuesday, April 9, Mayor Brede will recognize local National Service participants at an open house held at the Channel One Regional Food Bank from 9 a.m.– 11 a.m.    Mayor Brede will issue a proclamation and recognize the impact of national service in Rochester and thank Senior Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps members who serve.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and participating mayors, visit www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice.

Channel One Regional Food Bank Receives $10,000 Grant from Feeding America, Thanks to Cargill

March 15, 2013—Rochester, MN— Channel One Regional Food Bank recently received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from Feeding America, thanks to Cargill.  The grant dollars will be used for warehouse updates and food safety trainings that will bring Channel One Regional Food Bank a step closer to its goal of becoming AIB certified.

“Channel One Regional Food Bank is always focused on continued improvement to exceed the standards” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank.  “It is very important to our organization to present our clients with the same level of safe, nutritious foods that we would expect for our own families.  The generous grant from Feeding America, with thanks to Cargill, will help us progress toward our goal of becoming AIB certified.” 

AIB’s GMP inspections, based on a widely-recognized set of Consolidated Standards that describe the requirements of a superior food safety program, are recognized by food companies as a measure of world-class programs that qualify for business worldwide. 

At Channel One Regional Food Bank, we continue to see an increased demand for food assistance and appreciate the partnerships of our community members to help us feed our neighbors in need. 

Channel One Regional Food Bank Receives $3,000 Grant from The HickoryTech Foundation

March 13, 2013—Rochester, MN— Channel One Regional Food Bank recently received a grant in the amount of $3,000 from The HickoryTech Foundation.  The grant dollars were used to purchase four pallet jacks and six new carts for the Channel One Regional Food Bank warehouse.

“The new pallet jacks and carts are being used to improve our efficiency and safety in the warehouse,” said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank.  “The carts will also save Channel One Regional Food Bank resources by no longer requiring us to purchase pallet bags that had to be used with our wooden carts.  The generosity of HickoryTech Foundation is greatly appreciated as we work together to feed people and change lives in our communities.”

At Channel One Regional Food Bank, we continue to see an increased demand for food assistance and appreciate the partnerships of our community members to help us feed our neighbors in need.

About Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf  Channel One Regional Food Bank, a certified member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that serves the mission “to work in partnership with others to help feed people in need.”  In 2011-12, Channel One Regional Food Bank distributed approximately eight million pounds of food to those in need.  We are currently serving an average of 100,000 individuals in our communities, with an average attendance of nearly 4,000 different households per month at the Supplemental Food Shelf.  The programs at Channel One Regional Food Bank include the Backpack Program, Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf, Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Green Garden Program and the Mobile Food Pantry.  Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf serves seniors,  individuals with physical or mental-health disabilities, working families and individuals, people in times of crisis due to job loss, medical problems or personal disaster, and food shelves and other agencies in 14 counties.  These counties include Faribault, Waseca, Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore, Winona, Houston, and La Crosse County in Wisconsin.  Find out more about Channel One programs and how you can join the fight against hunger by visiting our web site at www.helpingfeedpeople.org.

Lakeside Foods Named Channel One Regional Food Bank Donor of the Year

Rochester, MN(March 6, 2013)— Channel One Regional Food Bank has namedLakesideFoods Lakeside Foods as Donor of the Year for 2012.  Lakeside Foods has been a long-time partner in the fight against hunger and made a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  Channel One Regional Food Bank will present Lakeside Foods with an award on Monday, March 11th at 10 a.m. at the Lakeside Foods Owatonna Plant.  Channel One Regional Food Bank will present Lakeside Foods with an award at the Lakeside Foods Plainview Plant on Monday, March 18th.    

Channel One’s work of providing food assistance to over 100,000 individuals throughout Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin is dependent upon generous food donations from food growers, manufacturers and retailers throughout the organization’s 14-county service area.  Our work is greatly aided by donations received from Lakeside Foods. 

A detail of Lakeside Foods’ generous contributions to hunger relief are listed below:

  • Lakeside Foods has donated over 1 million pounds of food to hunger relief organizations since 2007.
  • Lakeside Foods has donated to Channel One Regional Food Bank and other Feeding America Food Banks for over 25 years.

"We are truly grateful for the generous support Lakeside Foods gives to Channel One in the fight against hunger," said Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director of Channel One.  "They are a wonderful partner in our mission to help feed people in need."

Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf Kicks Off the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

Did you know that 1 in 10 Minnesotans run out of food resources before the end of the month?  Donations given to the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf in March will generate additional dollars to help end hunger in our community.

Rochester, MN—(February 28, 2013)— It is time for the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, and Channel One Regional Food Bank needs your help to maximize this opportunity to feed more people in our region.

Minnesota FoodShare is a state-wide food and fund drive that Channel One participates in each year during the month of March. During this month-long effort, people all over the state participate in food and fund drives where they work, through service clubs, schools and places of worship.  All food and cash donations to the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf received during the month of March 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 our allocation from the Minnesota FoodShare statewide incentive fund.  To help meet the rising need in the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf Program, our goal this year is $175,000 and 240,000 pounds of food! 

Here are three ways you can help Channel One reach our goal:

  • Host a food and/or fund drive or have your business or organization participate in denim days
  • In support of our Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign the Boy Scouts will be conducting their annual Scouting for Food Drive on March 9th.  Local scouts will be collecting food from households and bringing it to Channel One to be distributed to people in need through our Supplemental Food Shelf. The week before the event, check your doors for a flier with instructions and then leave the food on your doorstep the morning of March 9th. Thank you to our local scouts for their continued service to ending hunger in our community!
  • Give an additional gift of funds or food to Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf in March.

Contact Maggie at maggieparham@channel-one.org if you have any questions.

SE Minnesota's "Biggest Singles Party & Dance" to Benefit Channel One Regional Food Bank

February 4, 2013—Rochester, MN—Some local supporters are hosting Southeast Minnesota’s “Biggest Singles Party and Dance” on February 15th, at the Rochester International Event Center, with all proceeds to benefit Channel One Regional Food Bank.  Tickets to the event are $10 per person.   

Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf, a certified member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that serves the mission “to work in partnership with others to help feed people in need.”  In fiscal year 2011-2012, Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf distributed approximately eight million pounds of food to those in need in Southeast Minnesota and La Crosse County in Wisconsin.

“The party will include a lot of incredibly fun games and great dance music,” said one of the organizers.  “Bring your friends and have the time of your life!  You never know who you’ll meet while also helping feed our community members in need.”

The event will be held at the Rochester International Events Center and is open to everyone 21 years and older.  The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the dance and party being held from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  A post-party will be held at the Ground Round, next to the Events Center in Rochester.  Party tickets will get guests half price on any appetizer and other savings.  One lucky guest will also win a 3-day, 2-night stay in Las Vegas as a grand prize. 

For more information, please contact Al at 507-259-3191.  **This is an event held on behalf of Channel One Regional Food Bank.  Channel One did not organize this event, so please contact Al for additional information.**

Rochester Youth Hockey Association Players Donate Pizzas

Posted: February 6, 2013, on KTTC.com

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Wednesday was pizza pick up day for the Rochester Youth Hockey Association, but for the first time, they were also able to drop off 1700 pizzas at the Channel One Food Bank.

More than 400 families picked up pizzas from the Club's Choice fundraiser from Graham Arena, but this year hockey players had the opportunity to sell pizzas to donate.

The Hockey Association more than quadrupled their goal for donated pizzas and dropped the palates of frozen pizzas at the Channel One Food Bank this afternoon.

The food shelf sees 35 hundred families a month, and if we have 17 hundred pizzas just today, that means that at least half those families get to take home and have a pizza," said Janelle Rosin, the coordinator of the pizza fundraiser.

Food shelf officials say this donation comes at a good time because this is a typically low point in the year for donations.

Watch the news story here.

Radio Host Giving Back As New Year's Resolution

Posted: January 16, 2013, at 10:46 p.m. By: Laura Lee, KAAL TV 6, http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S2899284.shtml?cat=10151

(ABC 6 News) -- Each year Channel One Food Bank attempts to raise "A Mile of Mac & Cheese" to stock their shelves and this year they are getting some added help.

102.5 The Fox is hoping to raise 102 boxes of mac & cheese to help with Channel Ones Food Drive.

The Fox's Dave Berg decided to do the drive as part of his new years resolution to give back to the community.

So far they have collected more than 50 boxes.

"I want to give back to the community, the community has been really really good to us and they have helped our family in our adoption process, so my new years resolution is to kind of pay it forward and give back to the community," says Berg.

The Fox will be collecting the mac & cheese until February 2, when Channel One will kick off their event.

**The Channel One Mile of Mac & Cheese event is part of the Rochester WinterFest activities**