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Mississippi Food Network needs your vote

Help Mississippi Food Network receive a Wal-Mart grant to fund local child hunger programs

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Mississippi Food Network needs your vote
Help Mississippi Food Network  receive a Wal-Mart grant to fund local child hunger programs with the "click" of a mouse
 
Jackson, MS -  April 2, 2013 - Mississippi Food Network is hoping the public can help them click their way to a grant from Wal-Mart 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 www.facebook.com/walmart that includes more than 300 different hunger relief organizations from across the country. The more votes a Feeding America food bank or partner agency gets, the better chances they have of winning the money. The funds won will then be used to support local child hunger relief programs.
"Mississippi Food Network is excited to be participating in the Wal-Mart Fighting Hunger Together Campaign", stated Walker Satterwhite, Executive Director of Mississippi Food Network. "With the increased need for our services to help provide meals to children facing food insecurity, we appreciate Feeding America and Wal-Mart helping us in our fight against childhood hunger."
The public will be able to vote on their favorite child hunger programs through 11:59 pm ET on April 30 at www.facebook.com/walmart. Descriptions of programs from across the country that are dedicated to reducing child hunger in their communities will be posted on the voting site along with a "vote" button. Visitors to the page can award one "vote" a day to their favorite program. At the conclusion of the voting, top vote getters will split $3 million in funding from Wal-Mart.
 
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. Here in Mississippi, there are an estimated 210,350 children who struggle with hunger.
 
For more information and to vote for Mississippi Food Network, please go to:
www.msfoodnet.org and follow the link to vote.
 
Mississippi Food Network is the only food bank located in the state and is headquartered in Jackson.  We accumulate, store and distribute food and household items to more than 415 member agencies in our service area.  Member agencies are either churches or 501c3 nonprofit agencies and are Emergency Food Pantries, Day Care Centers, Emergency Shelters, Group Homes, Soup Kitchens, Teen Centers, Alcohol and Drug Rehabs, Afterschool Programs, Homeless Shelters and Senior Citizen Programs.  We serve more than 125,000 people each month through our member agencies and distribute more than 1.5 million pounds of food each month.  To learn more about Mississippi Food Network, visit our website at www.msfoodnet.org. www.facebook.com/MSFoodNetwork   @MSFoodNet
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