ROCHESTER, Min. (WKBT) - The All-Star Game in Minneapolis is making waves across our region - but not because of baseball.
This is the first year Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins teamed up to make a huge difference for one area organization. Nearly 75,000 fans voted to choose that organization and award $500,000 to its mission.
Out of seven candidates, the Channel One Food Bank ultimately won that big check Monday night.
"It feels amazing, it really does, and a little bit surreal," says Jennifer Woodford, executive director of the food bank.
A lot of the food that local pantries like Salvation Army offer comes from the Channel One Regional Food Bank. It distributes about 10 million pounds of food to nearly 100,000 people every year.
"We would be very hard-pressed to do what we do without the help from Channel 1," says Julie Nelson, a spokeswoman for La Crosse's Salvation Army.
With the extra money, Channel One plans to build a brand-new warehouse and double its cooler contents, all to help better serve local food pantries like La Crosse's.
"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 our needs," Woodford said.
"It shows there's a lot of compassion for hungry people in society today, and that's a very good thing," says Nelson.
The Channel One Food Bank may have won the game, but none of the other candidates really lost - all six each received $50,000. In all, the MLB and Minnesota Twins donated $800,000 to area non-profits in the 'All-Star Fans Choose' grant.
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