Arkansas Foodbank needs Facebook votes | Community Spirit
CAST YOUR VOTE BEFORE APRIL 30 TO HELP THE ARKANSAS FOODBANK QUALIFY FOR MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN WALMART DONATIONS
Walmart has chosen 200 communities in the U.S. that are the hardest hit by unemployment, including Pine Bluff, Ark., and is asking the public to vote for their local communities on Facebook. The community with the most votes will get a donation of $1 million to its local hunger relief agencies, including the foodbank that serves the community. The next 20 top vote-getting communities will received donations of $50,000.
Customers who visit Walmart’s Facebook page from now until April 30 can vote for one of 200 communities hardest hit by unemployment. The community with the most votes will receive $1 million to help fight hunger. The next 20 communities will each receive $50,000 for hunger relief. The Facebook campaign will also provide information on how users can donate or volunteer with hunger-fighting organizations in their local communities.
“No one in America should go hungry and we are proud to partner with Walmart in this effort,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, the parent organization of the Arkansas Foodbank. “Through this program, Walmart and its partners are making a powerful impact that will not only address hunger this spring, but will have a lasting effect on the issue of hunger in America.”
As the nation’s largest grocer and largest retailer, Walmart is uniquely positioned to help end hunger in America. In 2010, the company committed $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger. As a part of this commitment, Walmart 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.
The company is also lending its expertise to help food banks operate more efficiently. Thus far, Walmart has contributed more than 594 million pounds of food and $122 million in grants to hunger relief programs.
About the Arkansas Foodbank
The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouses in Little Rock, Warren, Ark., and Caddo Valley, Ark., serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans in a 33-couonty service area. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit arkansasfoodbank.org