Channel One Food Shelf offers several ways to help get you the food assistance that you need. Below you will find information about where the Food Shelf is located, its hours, and eligibility information.

Visiting the Food Shelf

The Channel One Food Shelf is open for indoor shopping Monday – Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm and Friday from 8 am until noon.

If you are new to Channel One, the registration process takes a few minutes. No appointment is needed. If you are returning, you can simply check in by telling us your name.

Shoppers are welcome to visit the food shelf every week.


If you have any questions or concerns about the Channel One Food Shelf, please reach out to our Food Shelf staff at (507) 424-1707 or

Sending a Proxy to Pick Up Food

If it is difficult to visit the food Food Shelf in person, shoppers have the option to select someone else to pick up their food. That person is their proxy. Shoppers have the right to choose who can pick their food. Shoppers can also cancel permission for a proxy at any time by contacting Food Shelf staff.

If you would like to register for the Food Shelf over the phone or add a proxy to your account, please call the Food Shelf at (507) 424-1707

Social Service Professionals

Caseworkers, community health workers, home health aides and other social service professionals can serve as a proxy for their clients. Proxies may shop for their clients or pick up boxes of groceries from the Food Shelf. Social Service agencies can also partner with Channel One to register their clients directly for Food Shelf shopping or grocery delivery.

For more information, social service professionals can contact our Food Shelf manager, Christopher Zoellner, at or (507) 424-1731

Grocery Delivery

If you need groceries delivered to your home, please call the Food Shelf delivery line at (507) 424-1720. Leave a message with the spelling of your first and last name and a phone number to request a delivery. Deliveries are scheduled each week on Thursdays. All deliveries will be contactless.

Clients are able to request a delivery once per month. Please call before Wednesday at 4:30 pm to be added to the Thursday delivery list for that week.

Please note, our delivery areas are Rochester, Stewartville and Byron, MN.

With your delivery you will receive a variety of:

  • Fresh produce
  • Frozen protein (meat or fish)
  • Milk, dairy, eggs
  • Shelf-stable groceries

Food Shelf Eligibility

Channel One programs follow 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:

2022 Income Eligibility (300% of Federal Poverty Guidelines)

Family Size Monthly Income Family Size Monthly Income
One (1) $3,398 Five (5) $8,118
Two (2) $4,578 Six (6) $9,298
Three (3) $5,758 Seven (7) $10,478
Four (4) $6,938 Eight (8) $11,658

Add $1,180 of allowable income for each additional family member.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Eligibility Information

PDFs containing eligibility information for the TEFAP program can be found below in various languages. For interpretation services, please call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151.

Map & Directions

Channel One is accessible by Rochester Public Transit on routes 6M and 314. Check or call 507-328-RIDE (7433) for the latest schedule information.