This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Walmart Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine.
Whenever we think of people suffering from hunger, images of under nourished children from Africa comes to mind. We have been exposed to so much publicity about starving people around the world, be it Africa, South America or even Asia that few of us realize that there are many people fighting hunger each day, in our very own backyards! Did you know that more than 50 million Americans don't know where their next meal will come from? That’s right, 50 million! You must be thinking, wow, that’s impossible. Let me tell you, it’s more than real. One of the principal causes of hunger is unemployment. With the current unemployment rate being sky high, it makes a whole lot of sense. Also, did you know that traditionally, during springtime, there is a decrease in food and charitable donations to food banks around the country? Yeah, I didn’t know that too.
To help bridge the spring hunger gap, from Monday, April 9 through April 30, Walmart will be working with Feeding America and four of the most recognizable food brands in America (ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg's) in a nationwide Fighting Hunger Together initiative. This initiative is expected to generate 43 million meals for families in need. That’s awesome, right? Guess what? As a consumer, you too can join the fight against hunger in-store or through Facebook!
How? There are two ways actually. The first way is to participate in store. Between April 9 and April 30, whenever you purchase select products from ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg's, you can donate meals to Feeding America or Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit fighting childhood hunger. Just remember to check out in-store signage and packaging to make a purchase and help make a difference!
The other way is to participate through Facebook. Between April 9th and April 30th, Walmart will be hosting a Facebook campaign where fans can rally support for communities in need of hunger relief. Vote for one of 200 communities with the highest unemployment rate (as determined by a Department of Labor Report) and Walmart will donate a total of $2 million to the 21 communities receiving the most support. That’s right, $1 million to the winner and $50,000 each to the 20 runners-up! The winning communities will be announced on May 1st. I don’t know about you but I will be voting for the people in the New York-Northern NJ-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. This is where I live and hence, they get all of my support! You should vote too! Who will you be voting for? Remember to spread the word to your friends and get them to cast in their vote as well. Let’s all do this together. Vote to fight spring hunger with Walmart!