Channel One Regional Food Bank

Mission Statement

To strengthen food access and build healthy communities.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments During fiscal year 2015-16, Channel One achieved significant goals that helped meet our mission. Our organization attained Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI) certification, which enables us to more effectively recruit, develop, and retain volunteers based on needs assessment and maximize our volunteer program. Channel One Regional Food Bank successfully passed the AIB International Food Safety Audit. This inspection audit enabled Channel One Regional Food Bank to achieve a food industry standard that provides an effective framework for safe food handling processes and procedures aimed at protecting the food supply food chain and reducing food safety risks for our clients. The Food Bank received over 10 million pounds of food, an 8% increase, and distributed 9,347,360 pounds of food, including over 2 million pounds of fresh produce, to 185 member agency programs across our 14 county region. The Supplemental Food Shelf distributed 3.6 million pounds of food, an 8% increase, to 6,796 registered households during the year.
Current Goals Distribute 10 million pounds of food throughout our 14 county service area. Recruit and engage 2,000 volunteers as hunger relief partners. Provide backpacks to 1,000 students in Olmsted County. Develop food pantry program for Olmsted County middle and high school students. Provide food boxes to 1,650 low-income senior citizens monthly through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS)
Community or Constituency Served Low-income and food insecure families, individuals, including children, the elderly, disabled and homeless.
Geographic Area Served Channel One Regional Food Bank serves people in 14 counties in SE Minnesota and one county in western Wisconsin who are food insecure or at risk of food insecurity. Those counties include: Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona in Minnesota, and La Crosse County in Wisconsin.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 02/02/2017

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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131 35th St. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-287-2350

General Information

Alternative Name: Channel One Inc, Channel One Regional Food Bank
EIN: 41-1379713
Principal Staff: Virginia Merritt
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 28.5
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 12969
Ruling Year: 1981


Board Chair: Chad DeCook
Number of Board Members: 14
Board Meetings with Quorum: 7
Average Member Attendance: 10.1

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