Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign
During the month of March, local businesses and organizations conduct their own unique food and fund drives, implementing a variety of activities to collect food and funds. The efforts of
co-workers, friends and neighbors working together will help the nearly 13,000 food insecure people living in Olmsted County and help Channel One feed the nearly 3,400 households that use the Supplemental Food Shelf every month.
Minnesota FoodShare has a unique focus of supporting food shelves throughout the state in their efforts to feed the hungry and has coordinated the March Campaign for more than 30 years. All food and cash donations that Channel One receives during the month stay in our local community to help feed people in need. Every pound and dollar is important because the more food and funds that Channel One collects during March, the greater the allocation from the Minnesota FoodShare statewide incentive fund.
Channel One's goal for 2017 is to raise $225,000 and 225,000 pounds of food during the month of March. Register your organization today for the March campaign.
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Great American Milk Drive
March 1st- March 31st
Milk is one of the most-requested, yet least-donated items. The Great American Milk Drive is focused on "fundraising" milk and bringing awareness to Channel One Food Shelf through a partnership between Rochester Hy-Vee Stores and Kemps. Stop into any Rochester Hy-Vee store during the month of March to donate milk!
Macy's "Bag Hunger" Campaign
March 1st- March 19th
Bag Hunger is Macy's internal, volunteer-driven campaign that seeks to support local food banks across the country. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Macy's Bag Hunger campaign, Macy's will offer customers at the Macy's Apache the opportunity to "Make Good Cents" and to voluntarily round their purchase up to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to Channel One.
April 17th - May 15th, 2017
Between April 17 and May 15, Walmart, along with five of its national suppliers, are partnering with the public to support local food shelves. When you purchase participating products at Walmart, the manufacturer will donate to Feeding America and local food shelves. For every purchase of specially marked products both in-store and online, you will help secure one meal on behalf of Feeding America member food banks.
National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger
May 13th, 2017
On Saturday, May 13th, the Letter Carriers will conduct their 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Postal customers are encouraged to put food by their mailboxes in the morning, and your letter carrier will take it to the post office where Channel One will collect it.
Join us in supporting the Letter Carriers’ #StampOutHunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 13! Learn more: https://www.nalc.org/food
October 12th, 2017
Channel One Regional Food Bank Empty Bowls event will be held at the Rochester Art Center. A simple meal of soup and bread provided by top local restaurants and bakeries will be served by local celebrities and community leaders Thursday, October 12, 2017. All participants will be able to choose a donated hand-painted bowl as a take home as a memento of the event.
Sponsorships are available for this event! Please contact Linda Olson, Development and Communications Director, at 507-424-1730.
A Season of Gratitude
The holiday season is here, and many of us are taking the time to reflect on the many blessings we have in our own lives. Sometimes the simplest of blessings we have are the biggest blessings to others. Please take a moment this season to put your blessings into motion by sharing them with others and making a gift to Channel One today. Your gratitude for what you have will overflow into the lives of others and make a big impact.
Recently we had a young woman who looked stressed and tired approach us at the Supplemental Food Shelf check-in window. Upon scanning her card, it was
discovered that she had already used her monthly visit to the food shelf. Once we informed her that her visit had been used, she looked heartbroken . We looked at her information in the computer and discovered that she had three young children and an elderly grandparent in her home. In an attempt to help this young woman, our staff looked to see if she had used her emergency visit, as all households are allowed one emergency visit per 12-month period for a hard month where just one visit will not suffice. She had not, so we offered to let her use her emergency visit at this time. The young woman began to tear up, and stated that this was a life saver, as she was not sure how she was going to feed her family the rest of the month. We let her know that we understand that some months can be harder than others and two visits are needed. We also informed her about the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors for her grandparent, which would help by offering a box of nutritious food once per month in addition to the food shelf. She could not thank us enough! She was very appreciative for the emergency visit, and it was apparent that her stress was already starting to melt away.
For only $180, you can help Channel One and our programs feed a family of four a five day supply of food every month for an entire year. How many lives will you change this year?