Food bank looking for votes in National Hunger Together contest
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 08:52 AM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - You can help a local food bank win 45,000 dollars with just the click of a mouse.
The Food Bank of South Central Michigan tells NewsChannel 3 the local hunger problem is staggering, especially when it comes to kids.
They say nearly a quarter of the kids in their service area do not know where their next meal is coming from.
So to win tens of thousands of dollars through the national Wal-Mart “Fighting Hunger Together” contest would make a huge difference.
The food bank is up against other food banks from throughout the country.
The public gets to decide which ones will win money, by going online and voting.
The Food Bank of South Central Michigan says they would use all the money to put together after-school food packs for at-risk kids, something they have already been doing for eight years.
“For a kid that is very, very important. They hop on a bus Friday afternoon and one of the first things they’re thinking is: what am I going to eat tomorrow morning?” says Dan Salerno, Director of Fund Development at the food bank. “The reality is hunger is very real and it doesn’t go away. Oftentimes it’s hidden in the United States but even if its hidden, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”
Each pack costs the food bank about four dollars to put together, so winning the money would help them fill nearly 12,000 food packs for local kids.
To vote, click here: https://apps.facebook.com/walmartlocal/?applet=hunger&organization=105
The public can vote every day through the end of April.
The Feinstein Challenge is also going on this month, so any contribution made to the Food Bank that targets a Food Bank member agency receives a 10% partial match.