The 8th annual CANS Film Festival was a big success!

The Rochester Salvation Army partnered with Wehrenberg Theatres on Saturday, Dec. 5, in raising 12,113 canned and nonperishable food items for the local food shelf. In 2013 a record 13,103 food items were donated locally.

Moviegoers brought five cans of food to receive a special pass for the matinee showings on Saturday. Those who donated a total of fifteen cans or other boxed items received a pass for the day plus another pass for a future date.

The 8th annual event saw steady participation with good weather and a great selection of movies. The top donor arrived with his pickup bed full of canned food that amounted to approximately 1,500 cans. Wehrenberg Theatres will again award a year-long movie pass to the single largest donation received in the theatre circuit of 15 theatres.

The Rochester Salvation Army is a downtown satellite location for the Channel One Regional Food Bank. The Salvation Army Rochester Food Shelf serves low income families and individuals residing in Olmsted County. Food may be obtained at no charge on a monthly basis. The shelf is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 120 NE First Street.

Wehrenberg Theatres is the oldest family-owned and operated theatre circuit in the country. The Galaxy 14 Cine in Rochester, Minnesota, was built in 2007 in the Shoppes On Maine development on South Broadway.

Channel One, Inc. is a non-profit, United Way agency which distributes supplemental food at no charge to people who live on a low-income and meet income and residency requirements. Food is provided on a monthly basis to income qualifying Olmsted County residents and their families.