Donate: Food

Donating food is a great way to increase the supply of food and resources to those in need! Food donations are welcome throughout the year. Your efforts make an enormous difference in the amount and variety of foods we are able to distribute to feed hungry people in our community.

Food & Fund Drives

Each year, hundreds of local businesses, schools, organizations, religious groups, individuals, and others sponsor food and fund drives that benefit our neighbors in need and allow Channel One Regional Food Bank to distribute a variety of foods throughout a 14 county region.

Funds: As a food bank, Channel One Regional Food Bank can turn $1 into enough food for 4 meals. Please consider that Channel One can stretch cash donations further than donations of food because of their access to discount products and programs. Cash gifts also allow Channel One to purchase items that are unable to be received as donations, including meat and dairy products.

Food: Approximately 15% of the food distributed in the food shelf is from community food drives. Often it is the food drives that offer our shoppers more variety and choices in the food shelf.

Food Drive Resources

Please use the following resources to help you plan a successful fundraiser and food drive!

To find out more about food drives and fundraisers please call Mark Klampe at 507-424-1726.

barrel of food


To find out more about food drives and fundraisers please call Mark Klampe at 507-424-1726.

Food Drop Off Sites

We realize that the Food Bank isn’t right around the corner for everyone in our community. In attempt to have regular and convenient food drop off locations, we have worked with local churches and businesses to have food collection barrels at various sites around town. Below is a list of the locations that will have our food collection barrels year round.

Southwest Rochester

Color Me Mine
416 Crossroads Dr. Southwest
P: 507-288-5436
Monday-Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Good Shepard Lutheran Church
559 20th St. Southwest
P: 507-289-1748
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

HyVee Crossroads
500 Crossroads Dr. Southwest
P: 507-289-7500
Open: 24/7

St. John’s Catholic Church
11 4th Ave. Southwest
P: 507-288-7372
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Southeast Rochester

Bethel Lutheran Church
810 3rd Ave. Southeast
P: 507-288-6430
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Channel One Regional Food Bank
131 35th St. Southeast
P: 507-287-2320
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

St. Francis Church
338 11th Ave Southeast
P: 507-288-7313
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Northwest Rochester

First Alliance Credit Union
320 Alliance Place Northwest
P: 507-288-0330
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

HyVee Barlow
1315 6th St Northwest
P: 507-282-7711
Open: 24/7

HyVee #4
500 37th St Northwest
P: 507-288-8233
Open: 24/7

Mount Olive Lutheran Church
2830 18th Ave. Northwest
P: 507-288-1580
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pax Christi Catholic Church
4135 18th Avenue Northwest
P: 507-282-8542
Open: Hours Vary

People of Hope
3703 Country Club Rd. Northwest
P: 507-280-9766
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Northeast Rochester

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
2121 Viola Road Northeast
P: 507-289-3021
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Peace United Church of Christ
1503 2nd Ave Northeast
P: 507-282-6117
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Northeast Byron

Byron Marketplace
863 Highpoint Dr. Northeast
Byron, MN  55920
P: 507-775-6101
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Come see for yourself how Channel One operates!

Tours are available to individuals and groups of up to 20 people. Tours are free – but we wouldn’t mind if you brought a can of food as your donated “admission fee.” To schedule a tour call 507-287-2350. Be sure to include your name, phone number, e-mail address, and date and time you would like to come.

Attention All Gardeners

You can help feed people in need by sharing your garden’s yield.

When you plan your garden, consider planting a little extra to donate to the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf. You don’t need to have a big garden to donate; any amount is helpful and needed. So if you find yourself with extra produce throughout the year, please consider donating. You can make an impact by donating your surplus produce to Channel One Regional Food Bank. Your fresh and healthy donations will help feed local families and individuals struggling to make ends meet.

Channel One is glad to accept donations of produce that travel well and are good keepers including:

  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Green Beans
  • Summer Squash (please keep maximum length for zucchini under 8 inches)
  • Winter Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Beets

Gardening Resources

Due to its perishability, Channel One prefers not to receive donations of lettuce. For specific guidelines of donating produce, please download our Produce Resource Sheet.