St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is hoping the public can help us click our way to a grant from Walmart by voting for them in the “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative – a national campaign where money is awarded to programs that get the most votes for their innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger.
The public will decide what organization will receive the grants through a voting campaign at www.facebook.com/walmart that includes more than 300 different hunger relief organizations from across the country. The more votes a Feeding America food bank or partner agency receives, the better chances they have of winning the money. The funds won will then be used to support local child hunger relief programs, like the St. Mary’s Backpack Program that sends at-risk kids home with nutritious food to eat at home over the weekend.
“Winning this grant from Walmart will help St. Mary’s reach more kids and augment our backpack program which now reaches only a fraction of the one in four Arizona children who are at risk of hunger each day,” said Beverly Damore, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank. “Those who wish to help need only cast their vote for St. Mary’s to help the World’s First Food Bank further its mission.”
The public will be able to vote for St. Mary’s through 11:59 pm ET on April 30 at www.facebook.com/walmart. Visitors to the page can award one “vote” a day to their favorite program. At the conclusion of the voting, top vote getters will split $3 million in funding from Walmart.
Funding for child hunger programs is especially critical given the significant need that exists. According to the USDA, more than 16 million children in the United States struggle with hunger. Here in Maricopa, there are an estimated 245,000 children who struggle with hunger.