ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Salvation Army in Rochester is giving community members good eats for a good cause.
It hosted its annual Taste of the Town event Sunday evening. People buy tables for the event and are able to participate in a silent auction, a live auction, and eat from 26 local food vendors.
All proceeds from the evening go back to the Salvation Army's Good Samaritan Health Clinic, which provides medical and dental care to people in need. According to Anne Bashaw-Meyer, the clinic helped about 4,200 patients last year.
"I don't know if the community is aware of all the people in our community that cant afford insurance or are underinsured.," she said. "Most people are underinsured. So they have the basic of medical care but they don't have the adds on of vision, and medical, dental, and it's very expensive," she said.
Doctors and dentists in the area volunteer their time to provide services at the clinic.
Anne said the Taste of the Town event raises about $70,000 event for the clinic each year.
"We're going to try and beat that $70,000 mark this year," she said.
People who missed the event can still donate to the clinic, here.