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Mid-South Food Bank Needs Your Vote


Contact:  Marcia Wells, Communications Director 901-405-0073  901-277-1974   

Memphis, TN (April 2, 2013) - Mid-South Food Bank is hoping the public can help them click their way to a grant from Walmart by voting for them in the "Fighting Hunger Together" initiative - a national campaign where money is awarded to programs that get the most votes for their innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger. The public will decide what organization will receive the grants through a voting campaign at and clicking on the Fighting Hunger Together logo.  More than 300 different hunger relief organizations from across the country are in the running. 

The more votes Mid-South Food Bank gets, the better chances they have of winning the money. The funds won will then be used to support the Food for Kids BackPack Program, a child hunger relief program that gives low-income children a backpack filled with wholesome food to take home on the weekend. Visitors can vote once a day through April 30. 

"Our BackPack Program currently serves 1,400 Mid-South children, but there are so many more that could benefit from the six nutritious meals that are in every backpack," said Estella Mayhue-Greer, president & CEO of Mid-South Food Bank.  "With a $45,000 grant, we could provide backpacks to 200 more children."   

Funding for child hunger programs is especially critical given the significant need that exists. According to the USDA, more than 16 million children in the United States struggle with hunger.  In the Mid-South, there are an estimated 122,000 children who struggle with hunger.   For more information and the link to vote for Mid-South Food Bank, please go to Action.   ###