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Volunteer places food in someone's trunk of their car

Freeborn County Residents Receive Food
from Truck to Trunk

“We want to thank our partners at the United Way of Freeborn County who helped us hold five Truck to Trunk events, distributing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Farmers to Families boxes to community members in need.”

– Jennifer Belisle, Programs and Agency Services Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank

From April to August, Channel One worked with United Way to hold five “Truck to Trunk” pop-up pantries in Freeborn County, where residents facing food insecurity were able to pick up boxes filled with healthy food options.

At one of the Freeborn County pop-up pantries, a single father was picking up an emergency box. He said that he had been having a tough year even before the pandemic and that his family was now struggling to find healthy, affordable food.

When he saw the box filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, and milk, he had tears in the his eyes. It meant the world for him to give fresh and healthy food to his two boys.

Channel One partners are distributing CFAP emergency boxes at similar events throughout our 14-county region as part of a national USDA program to fight food insecurity.

If you would like to volunteer to pack emergency boxes at Channel One in Rochester, please visit

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