Channel One participates in Minnesota Food share month

Rachel Mills
Updated: April 13, 2021 04:01 PM
Created: March 22, 2021 04:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) - There are many ways to provide for those less fortunate in your community, and people are hurting after a year-long pandemic. 

"We definitely saw an increased need. Here, recently, at our own food shelf, we typically serve 2,500 households, but we're up to 4,000," Virginia Merritt, Channel One's executive director, said. 

Channel One in Southeast Rochester is the only food bank serving 14 counties in Southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

"Food shelves place orders online, our team orders the food, collects the food from donations, government commodities, even purchases the food, we put it on these trucks and it goes out into the community," Merritt said. 

Executive director Virginia Merritt said they need help more now than ever. 

"Of course, the pandemic has many financial pressures on more than just families with children, so we've definitely seen a need. We know, too, that this summer, which will be here before we know it, when kids aren't in school, there will be an additional need," Merritt said. 

Typically, March has been designated as Minnesota Food share Month to help food shelves prepare for the increased need in the summer, but the pandemic has left some families hungry all year.

"There's some matching funds available for the funds we raise in march, and typically we collect food and funds, but because of the pandemic, we're asking that people only donate funds," Merritt said. 

This is to reduce the number of people coming in contact with the food that ends up in the food shelves. 

Merritt says their food shelves are currently open for socially distanced shopping.


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