Channel One Regional Food Bank Wins $500,000

Created: 07/14/2014 11:09 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It was weeks of voting, but in the end Channel One Regional Food Bank came out on top in the fan vote for a $500,000 grant.

Channel One accepted their check from the Minnesota Twins Monday night before the Home Run Derby at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Nearly 100 other non-profits applied for the grant.  The finalists were narrowed down to seven with six other competitors all located in the Twin Cities area.

Almost 75,000 people decided the winner.

"A huge thanks to the overwhelming number of fans who voted for this first-ever 'Fans Choose' grant," said Bryan Donaldson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund.  "We're thrilled to have offered this opportunity to local non-profits thanks to the generosity of Major League Baseball, the Pohlad Family Foundation and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund."

The half-million dollars will go towards adding 20,000 square feet to their warehouse, a new kitchen and classroom to help serve 13 counties in Southeast Minnesota and LaCrosse County in Wisconsin.

The six other finalists will all receive a $50,000 grant.