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Harvesters, Royals take on Minneapolis, Twins in friendly competition to fight hunger

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 17:23:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a bit of friendly competition going on for a good cause. 

Harvesters and the Kansas City Royals have teamed up to take on Second Harvest Heartland and the Minnesota Twins to fight summer hunger in their respective communities in the Step Up to the Plate challenge from July 9-22.  

According to the Step Up to the Plate site, 21 million children across the U.S. receive free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year. During the summer months, only 3.9 million of those kids continue to have access to those meals. 

The competition’s goal is to raise more than $30,000 and provide 100,000 meals in each community — and beat the other city, of course. 

Friendly mayoral wager 

Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis, tweeted at Mayor Sly James about the challenge. James added a wager to the competition involving the two MLB teams. 

Frey accepted the bet, taunting James about looking great in Twins apparel. James figures he should just buy a Royals hat now. 

How you can donate

According to the Royals, you can bring non-perishable food donations to The K when the Royals take on the Twins Saturday, July 21. There will be donation barrels outside the gates. 

You can also form a Step Up to the Plate team with family, friends, co-workers or neighbors. You can email and they'll get a team page set up. 

You can also donate online at

Click here to learn more about the Step Up to the Plate challenge and see how KC is fairing against Minneapolis.