The Professional Communications I class joined together to develop publications for the Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester, Minn. The Minnesota School of Business-Rochester students worked on publications for their hunger relief efforts, a volunteer program, and the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign.
While working on this project, the students learned about the hunger issue in the Olmsted County area. They practiced various communication skills, especially teamwork, active listening, research, and written communication skills. They also learned about professional publications, specifically how to use Microsoft Publisher and experiment with the copy and graphics.
Channel One Regional Food Bank is a local food shelf and regional food bank that serves southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin. They take in millions of pounds of surplus food from the food industry and distribute it to a network of member agencies, including food shelves, soup kitchens, group homes and shelters. They also distribute food directly to clients through their food shelf and Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and they encourage clients to grow their own food through their Green Garden program. Their mission is to help feed people in need.
Throughout the month of March, Channel One Food Bank encourages the community to participate in the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign. Minnesota FoodShare is a statewide food and fund drive. Channel One’s goal for March 2014 is to raise $185,000 and 200,000 pounds of food.
The students hope that their efforts will help Channel One reach this goal. Students realized that many people in their own community struggle with providing food for their families. They were glad to perform a little service to help with this need. They hope that the people who read their publications may want to serve, too!
For more information about service-learning opportunities, please contact Minnesota School of Business-Rochester at 507-536-9500. To learn more about Channel One Food Bank or donate to the March FoodShare Campaign, please check out their website at www.channel-one.org or www.helpingfeedpeople.org