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 our distribution site. The food is sorted and then distributed, free of charge, to anyone facing food insecurity. We require no registration, residency, or income requirements. 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. 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: We are located at 120 1st St. NE in Rochester, at the corner of 1st St. NE and 3rd Ave. NE.

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 4-6pm. CFR is closed on major holidays, including: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Christmas.

Board of Directors

  • Jeanne Thoreson, President
  • Renee Olsen, Secretary
  • Emily Stulen, Treasurer
  • Wendy Sempf, Member
  • Chris Tatting, Member
  • Steven Smith, Member
  • Kristen Supalla, Lead Coordinator

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.

  • Assisi Heights Spirituality Center
  • Autumn Ridge Garden
  • BB’s Pizzaria
  • Canadian Honker and Powers Ventures
  • Charter House
  • Chester’s Kitchen and Bar
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Fresh Thyme Farmers’ Market
  • Hy Vee Food Stores
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Madonna Meadows and Towers of Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic and Hospitals (Morrison Health Care)
  • Poblo International, Inc.
  • River Bend Assisted Living
  • Samaritan Bethany, Inc.
  • Starbucks
  • Whistle Binkies North