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.