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Olmsted County free food pantries.

Several free food shelves and pantries operate in Olmsted County Minnesota. Many of the charities are affiliated with the Channel One Regional Food Bank, which is a non-profit that works to prevent hunger in the region. The hours of each local site will vary as well as who can get help. These pantries may have everything from fresh fruits to baby formula, canned goods, free boxes of groceries, free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, and non-perishable personal hygiene items.

The individual food banks in the Rochester area tend to be independent facilities with their own rules and regulations. Each one of the locations will haven application process in place. The food assistance programs will be focused on low income families as well as the disabled and elderly in the county. However anyone can call them for referrals or information on aid such as SNAP food stamps. Or they will direct the family to workshops such as how to save money on food costs. Or staff will also try to link the applicant to some form of program for their needs.

Hosanna's Pantry
2815 57th St NW
Rochester, MN, 55901
Dial (507) 424-1707 for details.
Free supplemental groceries are passed out. The box may have frozen food, rice, fruits, and more for income qualified Olmsted families.

Word of Life pantry
Location - 400 13th Ave SE
Rochester, MN, 55904
Everything from meals to free groceries may be offered.

Salvation Army Center of Rochester
20 1st Ave NE
Rochester, Minnesota, 55906
Telephone number - (507) 288-3663
Emergency food is passed out at most twice per month. Seniors as well as children are the primary clients. They also have Adopt a Family for Christmas help, applications to TEFAP - Emergency Food Assistance Program for USDA commodities, and shelter. Continue with Rochester MN Salvation Army food assistance.




Church pantry
Address: 131 35th St SE
Rochester, Minnesota, 55904
Phone - (507) 424-1706
A food bank, thrift store, and clothing closet are on site. Volunteers from the church offer food and other social services.

Byron Community Center
610 Barbare Ln
Byron, MN, 55920
Programs include meals for seniors. Some volunteers of Channel-one may deliver them to the homebound. Surplus USDA commodities are served too.

Fishes & Loaves -  Rochester Outreach Center
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone – 507-226-8193
The location is open limited hours. The food bank may have free groceries as well as applications to WIC. Financial aid for paying certain bills, surplus USDA commodities, and other goods are available too from the charity.

Oronoco - Food Shelf at Presbyterian Church
Address is 20 3rd St SW Presbyterian Church
Oronoco, MN, 55960
Phone number is (507) 424-1707

Pine Island Sharing Shelves Food Shelf
Pine Island, Minnesota 55963
For hours, call (507) 356-2999
Residents that live in the Olmsted County side of the city can call. Free emergency food, clothing, Christmas meals and more is served.

Chosen Pantry - Satellite of Channel One
Address - 1310 10th Ave NE the Chosen Pantry
Rochester, MN, 55906
Phone:(507) 424-1707







Church of the Savior Pantry
971 16th St SE
SE Rochester area
This pantry is only open on the 2nd Saturday of each month

Oasis Church Food Bank
Location is 1815 38th St NW
Rochester, MN, 55901
Dial (507) 424-1707

Lifegate Services
1310 10th Ave NE
Northeast Rochester, and open the first Saturday of each month.

Downtown Rochester food pantry
Address - 120 1st St NE Salvation Army
Rochester, Minnesota, 55906
Telephone - (507) 424-1707
Programs include Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. There are also holiday toys for children, emergency clothing, and other support.

Several other food shelves are in the region too. Call 507.424.1700 for information. Staff will help a family seek what they need, whether it is a box of groceries, a hot meal from a soup kitchen, or clothing.

By Jon McNamara


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