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HAFB in running for $40,000 childhood hunger grant

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

HUNTINGTON  — The Huntington Area Food Bank is urging the community to get involved in its fight to end childhood hunger.

The food bank is one of 300 in the running to win a $40,000 grant with the purpose of funding childhood hunger programs.  The $3 million is part of Wal-Mart's Fighting Hunger Together initiative. Forty food banks affiliated with Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief agency, will be awarded grant funds.

Winners will be chosen based on a Facebook voting campaign.

The HAFB will use the grant funds to purchase and distribute nutritious foods through BackPack programs in Lawrence County, Ky., and Lawrence County, Ohio. The food bank will work to establish new programs to alleviate childhood hunger in these counties.

HAFB currently supports 14 BackPack Programs in three counties within its service region. Nearly 1,000 children are fed each week through HAFB's BackPack Program.

Every Friday, children are provided with a bag of food consisting of four meals and two snacks.

To vote, visit https://apps.facebook.com/walmartlocal/?applet=hunger&organization=145 to vote for the organization. Each person can vote up to once per day until Tuesday, April 30.