UPDATED Wednesday, May 1, 2013 --- 11:06 a.m.
The Second Harvest Foodbank sent us the following message about the Wal-Mart "Fighting Hunger Together" Facebook campaign
"WE DID IT! With 3670 votes in the Walmart Fighting Hunger Together Facebook campaign Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin not only ended the campaign in the top 40, earning a $45,000 grant, we actually came in 6th place out of more than 120 food banks."
Kris Tazelaar with Second Harvest says the money will go toward the mobile food pantries--which are expected to deliver more than 3.5 million lbs. of food this year.
"Because of our efficiency, we can actually provide three meals for every dollar that comes in to our location," Tazelaar said. "So you take that $45,000 we're going to get from the grant, and that equals about 135,000 meals."
POSTED Monday, April 1, 2013 --- 4:15 p.m.
MADISON--In just the 16 counties that Second Harvest Foodbank serves, 60,000 kids face hunger. If you put all of them in Miller Park, you'd fill the place nearly one and a half times. "They're not sure where that next meal is going to come from," said Second Harvest President Dan Stein, citing a 2010 hunger study. "They're not as robust health-wise, they don't perform as well in school," he said.
It's a problem that Second Harvest Foodbank is trying to alleviate.
"The mobile pantry is just one way that we're trying to reach children and we serve 5,500 different children each month," said Stein. He said they operate mobile pantries in 14 counties and they're also really filling a need in rural areas. The mobile pantry shows up the same day each month and is set-up like a farmer's market, where people can walk through and have a choice of different items. "We'll make sure that we have staples and foods that are nutritious and good for children," he said.
Right now, they're competing for a grant to help with that mobile pantry program. This is where you come in: Walmart is awarding $45,000 to the top 40 vote getters in a Facebook contest. "We have about a one in three chance of those that have signed up to get this," said Stein.
But they're counting on people like you to chip-in Chicago-style: vote early and vote often. "We are going to go up with some pretty big cities," said Second Harvest Communications Manager Kris Tazelaar. "The great thing is the last time they did this it was a small city who won and that's because they got the community engaged and that community got all of their friends and family engaged."
All you need is a Facebook account and the ability to vote once a day for the next month. It's a way to feel good about all that time you spend social networking, because if they win, they'll be able to provide 135,000 meals.
To vote, click HERE