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.


Nicole Cain, Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Sharon Columbus, Secretary
  • Jenn Elmer
  • Ash Gupta
  • Miranda Halling
  • Val Halling
  • Amanda Harmon
  • Peter Heldt
  • Beth Kosta, President
  • Dale Pfrimmer
  • Lora Powell, Treasurer

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.

  • BB’s Pizzaria
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Chester’s Kitchen and Bar
  • Daube’s Bakery
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza
  • Hy-Vee Rochester South
  • Hy-Vee Rochester North
  • In His Name
  • Madonna Meadows of Rochester
  • Madonna Towers of Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Olmsted Medical Center
  • Powers Ventures, including: Canadian Honker Restaurant & Catering, Canadian Honker Events at Apache, Pinnacle Catering, Rochester Event Center
  • People’s Food Coop
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Silver Lake Foods
  • Trader Joe’s