No hunger for the holidays!


From: Jack Karnick

Major Gift Officer

Channel One Food Bank

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. Everywhere you look people are scurrying to finish what seems to be endless shopping for more “stuff” most of us can really do without, spending large sums of money most of us can’t afford. Just a small amount of those dollars in the form of an “honorary” or “in memory” gift to Channel One Food Bank or your local food shelf would make a thoughtful, life-changing gift and help provide supplemental food for our friends and neighbors in need.

Channel One Food Bank is the region’s food bank that provides surplus government and industry food products to food assistance agencies throughout Southeastern Minnesota including Winona Volunteer Services. Channel One’s “direct-from-the-manufacturer” food purchase program buys product at the lowest possible price and is another powerful resource for local food assistance agencies. Each month local agencies like Winona Volunteer Services buy thousands of dollars in food from Channel One.

The need is great. There is no cost to any person receiving food assistance from the Salvation Army Food Shelf or any Channel One partner agency. There is a cost to feeding the hungry however. Please consider a monetary gift to Winona Volunteer Services this holiday season, where the buying power is multiplied greatly.

At Channel One our resources are feeling the pressure of helping feed over 80,000 people in need throughout Southeast Minnesota over the past year. Your generous gift to Channel One will not only benefit your local food shelf but everyone in need throughout the region. If you are heartened to help those in need regionally please, make a sacrificial gift to Channel One Food Bank. Your gift can be made in honor or in memory of a special person or loved one. Channel One will send a thoughtful acknowledgement to the person at the address you direct it to. And because Channel One is a non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible. Simply send your gift to: Channel One Food Bank, 131, 35th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904. If it is an honor or memory gift tell us to whom and where to send an acknowledgement if you desire.

No one should go hungry. Support your local food shelf and Channel One Food Bank. Together were helping feed your friends and neighbors in need.

Many blessings to you.


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