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 hospitals, restaurants, cafeterias, businesses, and grocery stores and bring 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 our partner food donors avoid sending edible food into our waste stream.

We serve adults and families with children in need. 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 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 may include soups, sandwiches, salads, vegetables, meat dishes, pasta dishes, potatoes, breakfast items 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  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
  • Mary Kristo, Member
  • Chris Tatting, Member
  • Steven Smith, Member
  • Nick Mezacappa, Member
  • Louis Losbanos, 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 Pizzeria
  • Canadian Honker and Powers Ventures
  • Charter House
  • Chester’s Kitchen and Bar
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Fresh Thyme Farmers’ Market
  • HyVee Food Stores
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Madonna Meadows and Towers of Rochester
  • Mayo Civic Center Catering
  • Mayo Clinic and Hospitals (Morrison Health Care)
  • Mayo Foundation House
  • Natural Grocers
  • Poblo International, Inc.
  • River Bend Assisted Living
  • Rochester International Event Center
  • Samaritan Bethany, Inc.
  • Starbucks
  • Whistle Binkies North