Metro residents ate all the corn they could on Tuesday night in support of local programs at the 60th annual Y’s Club Corn Roast at Mankato West High School.
YMCA Executive Director John Kind says funds from the event go to support a number of programs at the organization.
“It supports our Stride Program for young men, our mentoring programs, school-based mentoring, brother/sister program, it supports our youth sports programs. It just goes a long way to get kids to camp.”
Many of the programs are at capacity, which has led to expansion talks for a new YMCA on Mankato’s east side.
“We’re looking at that eastside YMCA and I think that if we do that, we’re gonna have to do two corn roasts or something or double the size of it. Do one on the east side and one on the west side, because this community keeps growing. When the community is growing, there’s just a growing need for the kind of programs that the Y provides.”
Y’s Club member Matt Barnes has been roasting corn for 30 years and says they have volunteers from all walks of life looking to help out area children.
“The kids are in a situation that they didn’t create, they were born into this situation. If they need some help or some assistance, the two major things that we support are the day camp scholarships for kids that can’t afford to go, so that they can experience and have a great summer and stay on a positive track. Then the transportation, we help, for years we funded the bus and the repairs.”
The Y’s club served nearly 18-thousand pounds of corn to approximately 700 people on Tuesday.