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Expansion project in progress at Channel One Food Bank

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- An expansion project is starting to take shape at Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester.

The steel beams are now in place, and work is on schedule for the 1-point-69 million dollar expansion project.

Channel One is nearly doubling its warehouse area, adding more freezer and cooler spaces, creating a second room for volunteers to repack donations.

And the Leadership Greater Rochester class of 2013 is building a community-teaching kitchen.

Construction on the 22,000 square foot addition started in October, and should be completed by spring.

"We are not able to meet the needs of hungry people in this community because we don't have enough space. One of the key tools we use is the warehouse; unfortunately, it's just not big enough anymore," Jennifer Woodward, Channel One Executive Director, told KTTC Wednesday.

Channel One has been part of the region for 32 years now, and distributes about 9-million pounds of food to more than 100,000 people in 13 counties across southeastern Minnesota.

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