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.