Advocates of Hunger Relief Cast More Than 443,000 Votes and Direct $3 Million in Grants for Food Banks and Partner Agencies Nationwide Walmart and Feeding America distribute funds for local hunger-relief organizations as a part of Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together initiative PR Newswire BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 6, 2013 BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --From April 1 to April 30, more than 443,000 votes were cast for the more than 300 eligible Feeding America food banks and partner agencies as part of a campaign to fight hunger in local communities. Customers were invited to cast votes at www.walmart.com/hunger for the eligible organization of their choosing and as a result, 100 food banks and partner feeding agencies were selected as grant winners. The funds will be distributed by Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger relief organization, stemming from a $3 million grant provided by Walmart this spring. These grants will help support a number of programs, including local backpack programs that provide vital meals to children when they are out of school and community gardens that teach families how to grow their own healthy foods. The winners of the April Fighting Hunger Together initiative include: 40 Feeding America member food banks will receive $1.8 million in grants ($45k each): Second Harvest Food Regional East El Pasoans Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Texas Food Bank Fighting Hunger Bank of East Tennessee (Gray, TN) (Tyler, TX) (El Paso, TX) Tennessee (Maryville, TN) Second Harvest Food Second Harvest Community Food Bank of Santa Clara Foodbank of Warehouse of Second Harvest Food and San Mateo Southern Mercer County Bank of Northwest NC Counties (San Jose, Wisconsin (Sharon, PA) (Winston-Salem, NC) CA) (Madison, WI) Feeding South Dakota Tarrant Area FOOD Inc DBA Food Bank of Northern (Sioux Falls, SD) Food Bank (Fort Community Food Nevada (McCarran, NV) Worth, TX) Bank (Fresno, CA) Golden Harvest Food Channel One, Roadrunner Food St. Mary's Food Bank Bank, Inc. (Augusta, Inc. (Rochester, Bank, Inc. Alliance (Phoenix, GA) MN) (Albuquerque, NM) AZ) Chattanooga Area Food Cleveland St. Louis Area Food Bank of Corpus Bank (Chattanooga, Foodbank, Inc. Food Bank Inc. Christi (Corpus TN) (Cleveland, OH) (Bridgeton, MO) Christi, TX) Food Bank of Second Harvest Food FOOD Share (Oxnard, Central & Utah FoodBank Bank of San Joaquin & CA) Eastern North (Salt Lake City, Stanislaus Counties Carolina UT) (Manteca, CA) (Raleigh, NC) Second Harvest Food God's Pantry Harvesters - The Foodbank of Santa Bank of Central Food Bank Community Food Barbara County (Santa Florida, Inc. (Lexington, KY) Network (Kansas Barbara, CA) (Orlando, FL) City, MO) Kansas Food Bank Greater Berks Weld Food Bank Mid-Ohio Foodbank Warehouse, Inc Food Bank (Greeley, CO) (Grove City, OH) (Wichita, KS) (Reading, PA) Harry Chapin Food Northern The Food Bank for Bank of Southwest Illinois Food West Ohio Food Central & Northeast Florida (Fort Myers, Bank (Geneva, Bank (Lima, OH) Missouri, Inc. FL) IL) (Columbia, MO) Food Bank of the Harvest Texarkana Food Bank of the Albemarle (Elizabeth Vermont Foodbank Regional Food Southern Tier City, NC) (Barre, VT) Bank, Inc (Elmira, NY) (Texarkana, AR) 60 partner feeding agencies will receive $1.2 million in grants ($20k each): Steven A Hunter Twigs - The Family Hyland Heights Hope Fund, Inc. Treehouse (Granite Baptist Church, Metro World Child (Portsmouth, OH) City, IL) Inc. (Rustburg, (Brooklyn, NY) VA) Ringgold United First United Methodist Victory Dream StoreHouse Methodist Church Church of Chatsworth Center Ministries D/B/A Nourishing (Chatsworth, GA) (Carbondale, IL) (Wartburg, TN) Children in Catoosa (Ringgold, GA) Loaves and Emmaus Mission S.O.S. Backpack Fishes of FOCUS North Center, Inc. Ministry Northwest America (Logansport, IN) (Hendersonville, TN) Oklahoma (Enid, (Pittsburgh, PA) OK) Hope Distributed New Covenant Community The Cross The Salvation Army Community Church (Audubon, NJ) Matthew's Market (El Cajon, CA) Development (Rochester, IN) Corporation (Harrisonburg, VA) Signal Crest Westerville Area Brighton Center, Evangelical United Methodist Resource Ministry Inc. (Newport, Covenant Church Church (Signal (Westerville, OH) KY) (Lafayette, IN) Mountain, TN) Weakley County Youth Services of Grundy County Kids of the Backpack Program Tulsa, Inc. (Tulsa, OK) Food Bank Community (Dresden, TN) (Tracy City, TN) (McMinnville, TN) Boys & Girls Owsley County Hunt County Shared Georgetown-Chunchula Clubs of Outreach Ministries United Methodist Church Northeastern Corporation (Greenville, TX) (Chunchula, AL) Pennsylvania (Booneville, KY) (Scranton, PA) Hands of Hope The Open Door/Cape Lutheran Social Community Outreach/Victory Ann Food Pantry, Services of Central Cupboard Life Food Bank Inc. (DBA:The Open Ohio (Worthington, OH) (Belvidere, IL) (Durant, OK) Door) (Gloucester, MA) Family Assistance Metrocrest Social Appalachian Jewish Family Ministries (San Services (Farmers Outreach Service of San Clemente, CA) Branch, TX) (Jefferson City, Diego (San Diego, TN) CA) New Hope Helping Our People in Seed for His Ministries Elsinore, Inc. (Lake Harvest Hope Center for (Dillsburg, PA) Elsinor, CA) Ministries (El Kids (Omaha, NE) Paso, TX) Kingdom Kids of Ronald McDonald House Food for Feeding Our Tampa Bay, Inc Charities San Diego Thought, Inc. Communities (Temple Terrace, (San Diego, CA) (Manteo, NC) Partners FL) (Mankato, MN) TNKids Nutrition, The Golden Fern Creek Inc. (Springfield, Loving Hearts Outreach Backpack Program Elementary School TN) (Washington, MO) (Golden, CO) Foundation Inc. (Orlando, FL) Metropolitan Madisonville Education Edenton-Chowan First United Family Service and Assistance Center, Food Pantry Methodist Food (Portland, OR) Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) (Edenton, NC) Pantry (Ashland, KY) Broad Street Food For Thought – Haven From Hunger Presbyterian Church About Our Kids, Denver (Arvada, (Peabody, MA) Food Pantry (Columbus, Inc. (Lamar, MO) CO) OH) Christ's Food Dover First Missoula Food Bank Inter Parish Ministry Center, Inc. Seventh-Day (Missoula, MT) (Cincinnati, OH) (Hodgen, OK) Adventist Church (Dover, DE) Joining Walmart in the fight against hunger this spring were 10 of the most recognizable food companies in the U.S. — including Campbell's Soup, ConAgra Foods, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, General Mills, Kraft Foods Group, Kellogg Company, Mondelez International, Nestle USA, PepsiCo and Unilever. "We hope that the organizations benefitting from these funds will be able to continue and expand the positive work they are doing in local communities," said Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. "We want to thank all those who participated in this campaign for their commitment to hunger relief, and we hope that the impact of the grant dollars we award will combine with new volunteers and greater public awareness of this issue to make a lasting impact in communities throughout the country." With the help of ConAgra Foods, General Mills and Kellogg Company, Walmart was able to generate an additional 136,000 meals for Feeding America food banks through local market food drive events. Joining the General Mills event in Atlanta was country music artist Thomas Rhett, and in Nashville Emmy Award-winning analyst for ESPN's College GameDay, Kirk Herbstreit, partnered with Walmart and Kellogg. The Fighting Hunger Together initiative is part of Walmart's and the Walmart Foundation's $2 billion commitment through 2015 to fight hunger. As a part of this commitment, Walmart and its Foundation pledged to donate more than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam's Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion, as well as $250 million in grants to support hunger relief organizations. To participate or to learn more about our commitment, visit www.walmart.com/hunger. About Philanthropy at Walmart Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com. SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Website: http://walmartstores.com Contact: Scott Pope, Walmart, 1-800-331-0085, news.walmart.com/reporter
Advocates of Hunger Relief Cast More Than 443,000 Votes and Direct $3 Million in Grants for Food Banks and Partner Agencies
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