Host a Fundraiser or Food Drive

Fundraisers and Food Drives are Fun!

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.

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

Fundraisers and Food Drives 101

Most Needed Items

Fundraiser and Food Drive Tips and Ideas

barrel of food

Register your drive to request available resources, collection barrels,

and keep Channel One in the loop about your event.

Register Your Drive

Questions? For more information, please call 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

Good Shepard Lutheran Church
559 20th St. SW
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 3:30 pm

St. John’s Catholic Church
11 4th Ave. SW
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

People of Hope
3703 Country Club Rd. NW.
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Color Me Mine
416 Crossroads Dr. SW

HyVee Crossroads
500 Crossroads Dr Sw

Southeast Rochester

Channel One Regional Food Bank
131 35th St. SE
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

St. Francis Church
338 11th Ave SE
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bethel Lutheran Church
810 3rd Ave. SE
Monday thru Friday
7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Northwest Rochester

Mount Olive Lutheran Church
2830 18th Ave. NW
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

First Alliance Credit Union
320 Alliance Place NW
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pax Christi Catholic Church
4135 NW 18th Avenue

HyVee Barlow
1315 6th St NW

500 37th St NW

Northeast Rochester

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
2121 Viola Road NE
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Peace United Church of Christ
1503 2nd Ave NE
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Byron, Minnestota

Byron Marketplace
863 Highpoint Dr. NE
Byron, MN  55920

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

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 »

channel one green garden crop