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The Eastern Illinois Foodbank needs your vote

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Urbana – The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is hoping the public can help them click their way to up for a $45,000 Walmart grant!  As part of their Fighting Hunger Together initiative, Walmart is giving out $3 million in grants for the most effective programs that help alleviate child hunger.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is competing with 123 other Foodbanks for 40 grants of $45,000 each. The funds will be used to support of our Healthy Futures Initiative to get nutritious food to hungry children through the BackPack Program and School Pantries.  Funding for child hunger programs is especially critical considering that 1 in 4 children struggle with hunger. The Walmart grant would go a long way to helping ensure that children in our community have access to the food they need to thrive.

"The impact that $45,000 would have on child hunger relief is amazing," stated Julie Melton, Director of Marketing and Development. "It would be the equivalent to 5,600 backpacks full of nutritious food or stocking 6 school pantries for an entire school year."

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 Walmart.

For more information and to vote for Eastern Illinois Foodbank, please go to: http://bit.ly/YMf1lQ.

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