There are more than 50 million Americans who don’t know where their next meal will come from. With the economy being what it is and so many people out of work food banks are struggling to meet the needs of the hungry. This spring Walmart is joining ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s in a nationwide Fighting Hunger Together initiative.
How can you and I help in the fight against hunger in America? Between April 9th and 30th Walmart is hosting a Facebook campaign where people can rally support for communities in need of hunger relief. Vote to fight spring hunger with Walmart by visiting their Facebook page and voting for one of 200 communities with the highest unemployment rate as determined by a Department of Labor Report. Walmart will donate a total of $2 million to the top 21 communities receiving the most support, $1 million to the winner and $50,000 to each of the 20 runners-up. (Winners will be announced May 1st.) This money is expected to provide 43 million meals to families in need. 43 MILLION! That’s a lot of full stomachs!
I was looking over the list of metropolitan areas and their unemployment rates and found it hard to vote for only one. I first wanted to vote for the area with the highest unemployment rate but then considered the area with the lowest. I finally decided to vote for Grand Junction, Colorado, because they fall about in the middle of the 200 areas listed and because I call Colorado my second home.
Don’t forget to vote between April 9-30 and spread the word to your friends. You can also visit your local Walmart between these same dates and participate in Fighting Hunger Together by purchasing select products from ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s and meal donations will be made to Feeding America or Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit fighting childhood hunger. Check out in-store signage and packaging to make a purchase and help make a difference.