The All-Star Game in Minneapolis is making waves across
our region - but not because of baseball.
News 8's Leah Linscheid joins us in the newsroom to
This is the first year Major League Baseball and the
Minnesota Twins teamed up to make a huge difference
for one lucky non-profit.
About 75-thousand fans voted to choose that organization,
and award 500-thousand dollars to its mission.
Out of seven candidates from across Minnesota, the
Channel One Food Bank in Rochester ultimately won
that big check Monday night.
and that money is benefiting people in our area.
Every single day, La Crosse's Salvation Army serves
hundreds of meals to those who are hungry.
8,000 meals a month, a lot of people.
A lot of that food comes from the Channel One Regional
Food Bank, sold to the Salvation Army and other food
pantries at drastically reduced prices.
Juice is one example - it might cost a dollar at a
grocery store - at Channel 1, its 30 cents per piece,
so it's a huge savings.
We distribute about 10 million lbs of food to about
100,000 people every year.
Channel One serves food pantries across eastern Minnesota
and western Wisconsin - and now, that giving is getting
a little easier, thanks to a 500-thousand dollar donation
from the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball.
It feels amazing, it really does, and a little bit
With that extra money, the non-profit plans to build
a brand-new warehouse and double its cooler contents,
all to help better serve local food pantries like
We distribute hundreds of thousands of lbs of food
in La Crosse County every year, and in order to be
able to do that, we need to have a facility that meets
We would be very hard-pressed to do what we do without
the help from Channel 1.
Salvation Army officials say it just goes to show
a little goodwill can make a big impact, even a hundred
It shows there's a lot of compassion for hungry people
in society today, and that's a very good thing.
In LAX, LL, N8.
The Channel One Food Bank may have won the vote, but
none of the other candidates really lost.
All six each received 50-thousand dollars.
In all, the M-L-B and Minnesota Twins donated 800-thousand
dollars to Minnesota non-profits in the 'All-Star
Fans Choose' grant.