Central Illinois Foodbank vying for $60,000 award

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SPRINGFIELD - The Central Illinois Foodbank is partnering with Walmart and Feeding America in the Fight Hunger, Spark Change 2014 campaign.

This year, Walmart has provided $3 million in funding to the Feeding America network, and 50 food banks across the nation will receive a $60,000 funding award to support their general hunger-relief initiatives.

Central Illinois Foodbank is one of only two food banks in Illinois vying for the $60,000 award, which will be determined in an online voting campaign.  Voting will take place from September 15 until October 5, with voters allowed to cast one vote per day.  If you wish to cast a vote, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

If chosen for the award, three of Central Illinois Foodbank's partners will also benefit.  Quincy Catholic Charities, St. Martin Deporres in Springfield, and Northeast Community Fund in Decatur will receive a $5,000 credit should the Foodbank place in the top 50.  The Foodbank plans on purchasing fresh produce with the remaining $45,000, benefiting all 135 agencies.

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