Channel One Regional Food Bank’s BackPack program began during the 2010-2011 school year after Channel One was approached by a church that worked with two schools to feed elementary school children on the weekend. The BackPack program helps get children easy to prepare, nutritious meals for weekends when school breakfast and lunch are not available.

Our BackPack program supports 35 schools in Olmsted County directly, and over 30 programs in 12 counties in southeast Minnesota, serving students from Alden to Zumbro Falls, and Austin to Zumbrota. Using Feeding America’s BackPack Program model, https://www.feedingamerica.org/our-work/hunger-relief-programs/backpack-program we are responding to childhood hunger in our region.

Interested in partnering with Channel One to support a BackPack Program in you community?

Nonprofit organizations, tax exempt community groups and churches who partner with school districts are able to become member agencies of Channel One Regional Food Bank to operate a BackPack Program or School Pantry Program. For more information, please contact Jennifer Belisle, Program and Agency Services Director.