Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer

Temporary food benefits for families who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open.

Find out if you are eligible and how to apply. Applications must be completed by June 30th 2020.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Application (English)

Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios Pandémicos

Un beneficio temporal de alimentos disponible para las familias de Minnesota con niños que hubieran recibido comidas gratis o a precio reducido si las escuelas estuvieran abiertas.

Averigüe si es elegible y cómo aplicar. Las aplicaciones deberán ser completadas a mas tardar el 30 de junio del 2020.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Application (Español)

COVID-19 Food Shelf Operations Update

Channel One Food Shelf is remaining open for its regular hours Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm and Friday from 8 am until noon. We are doing drive-up registration and check in. Staff are handing out boxed groceries and grab-and-go bags of dairy, fresh produce and frozen meat.

If you are already registered with the food shelf, bring your Channel One ID number, Community Card, the name and birthdate of the head of household. We’ll check you in.

If you are new to Channel One, we will register you on the spot. Please see eligibility information below.
We need to know the name of the head of household, their birthdate, where you live and the number of adults, children and senior citizens in your household.

Channel One Food Shelf is not delivering food at this time. Households can send a family member or proxy to pick up food.

If you are a social worker, case manager or human services professional, there is additional information on how to register your clients BEFORE arriving for pick up on the COVID-19 Updates section of our website.

Thank you for your understanding and allowing us to continue to serve the community while keeping it safe.

Channel One Food Shelf Drive-Up Distribution

Channel One Food Shelf Eligibility

The Food Shelf follows The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) eligibility guidelines. We serve households who are at or below 300% of the poverty level.

I am eligible to receive TEFAP commodity food because:

  • I am in Minnesota and
  • My household income is 300% or less of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • I am also eligible if I receive or participate in the following services and programs: MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program), Child Care Assistance, GA (General Assistance), Head Start, SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), Section 8, NAPS (Nutritional Assistance Program for Seniors), Public Housing, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Energy Assistance, Free or reduced breakfast and lunch, Weatherization

Eligibility Froms

To view registration information and forms, please use the links below.

For questions on registration or other food resources call 507-424-1707.

Map & Directions

Channel One is accessible by Rochester Public Transit on routes 6M and 14. Call RPT at 507-328-RIDE for schedules and information.

Olmsted County Food Shelves

Northeast Rochester

Lifegate Service at Chosen Generation Parish
1310 10th Ave NE

First Saturday of each month
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Southeast Rochester

Rochester Community Church
971 16th St SE

Second Saturday of each month
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Northwest Rochester

Oasis Church
3819 18th Ave. NW

Third Saturday of each month
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Hosanna’s Pantry

Hosanna Lutheran Church
2815 57th Street NW

Fourth Saturday of each month
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Salvation Army Food Pantry
120 First Street NE

Tuesday & Friday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Oronoco Food Shelf

Presbyterian Church
20 3rd Street SW, Oronoco

2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.