About CFR

We are: A non-profit, volunteer-led organization serving hungry adults and children in the Rochester area since 1993. Volunteer drivers collect food donations from restaurants, cafeterias, businesses and grocery stores and carry the food to Bethel Lutheran Church. The food is sorted and then distributed, free of charge. In addition to helping people in need, CFR helps reduce the amount of food waste generated by area restaurants and businesses.

We serve: Adults and families with children in need, many of whom do not qualify for other forms of food assistance. Clients can receive food after registering with CFR and obtaining a CISS identification card issued by CFR and other county agencies. Clients must sign up for this card at their first visit and bring this card each time they visit. No one is turned away, and clients don’t have to provide financial or employment information to qualify for this program or receive food.

We are located: Two locations – Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Avenue SE. Food is distributed from the kitchen in the church basement. To access CFR, please use the door located on the northeast side of the building on 8 th Street SE. If you travel by bus, take Bus #6 from downtown. The new second location is The Exchange, 3945 10th Avenue NW, just North of 37th Street Tire and Auto and just East of Gage East Apartments.

We offer: Prepared, fresh or frozen foods to take home or eat elsewhere. Food options include: soups, sandwiches, salads, vegetables, meat dishes, pasta dishes, potatoes and some desserts. Some foods may require re-heating and some must be kept cold in a refrigerator or freezer if not eaten immediately.

We are open: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m at Bethel Lutheran Church and Monday, Wednesdays, from 5-6pm at The Exchange. CFR is closed on major holidays, including: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4 th, Labor Day, and Christmas.


Zoe Rutherford, Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Wendy Sempf, President
  • Jeanne Thoreson, Treasurer
  • Barb DeCramer, Secretary
  • Joe Stortz
  • Heather Jacobson

Our Generous Food Donors

We want to recognize and give thanks to the many organizations that donate food to CFR. Their incredible generosity is truly helping reduce hunger in our community.

  • Augsburg College
  • Autumn Ridge Garden
  • BB’s Pizzaria
  • Brugger’s Bagels
  • Canadian Honker and Powers Ventures
  • Caribou Coffee, Caribou on 2nd St.
  • Chester’s Kitchen and Bar
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Fresh Thyme Farmers’ Market
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • Hy Vee Food Stores
  • Kwik Trip
  • Madonna Meadows and Towers of Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic and Hospitals (Morrison Health Care)
  • Olmsted Medical Center
  • Papa Murphy’s North
  • Peoples’ Food Coop
  • River Bend Assisted Living
  • Rochester International Event Center
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Samaritan Bethany, Inc.
  • Starbucks
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whistle Binkies North