Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is in the running for $60,000 through Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger. Spark Change.” initiative.
Second Harvest is one of approximately 200 Feeding America affiliates who are competing for votes on Walmart’s website. The top 50 affiliates will be awarded $60,000 – enough for the food bank to provide 180,000 meals to the hungry in East Tennessee.
From September 15 through October 5, you can visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger to cast one vote per day that will help direct funds to participating Feeding America food banks – such as Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. The 50 winning food banks will each receive a $60,000 grant.
“The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is a perfect opportunity for our community to help fight hunger right here in East Tennessee. Said, Executive Director of Second Harvest, Elaine Streno. September is Hunger Action Month and Walmart’s voting competition is one of many ways people can help Second Harvest during this critical time. It is also a creative way for people to help others at no cost to them. We are so thankful for the Walmart Foundation for this opportunity and to provide meals to those in need.”
The campaign launches during a critical time in our nation when food banks are facing a growing need for donations due historically high rates of food insecurity. In Second Harvest’s 18 county service area, people struggling with hunger continues to be a problem. 1 in 5 East Tennesseans is at risk of hunger.
“At Feeding America, we believe no one in America should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, so we are proud to continue our partnership with Walmart to help make this vision a reality,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. “Through this initiative, Walmart, along with its associates, customers and suppliers will make a lasting impact in helping to reduce hunger in America.”
To participate in the voting campaign and learn more about the program, including details on participating products, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, a member of Feeding America, has worked to eliminate hunger since 1982. In 2014, the organization provided food for more than 16 million meals in 18 counties of East Tennessee. With 6 major programs and 525 Agency/Food Partners, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee distributes food to more than 225,000 children, adults and seniors each month.