Wyoming in line to win $1 million worth of food aid from Walmart
Dec 10, 2010
The Walmart Foundation has launched a $1 million "End Hunger" competition on Facebook that is letting the public vote for the community which should receive funds to fight hunger. Right now it appears as though Grand Rapids, Wyoming is angling for first place.
Grand Rapids is currently 6,000 votes away from winning the top prize, reports the Grand Rapids Press. The community with the most vote by December 31 will win the $1 million donation.
The Food Bank Council of Michigan is already getting $800,000 from the retailer toward food aid missions, reports the Chicago Tribune.
"We can absolutely use the $1 million," local Feeding America executive John Arnold told the Grand Rapids Press.
Arnold initially had low hopes that the West Michigan region would win, but now that its main competitor is Fresno, California, Arnold has been rallying support. He claims that "to lose to Fresno would be humiliating," according to the news source.
The campaign came after corporate headquarters announced plans last May to donate a total of $2 billion to national food banks over the next five years, the Tribune reports.
Food banks across the country are hit by increased demand during the holiday season. Those who wish to help can donate to their local food banks to make a difference in their communities.