When I read this opportunity to write about Walmart working with Feeding America in a nationwide Fighting Hunger Together initiative, I was really surprised that my favorite season, Spring, brought with it something called the Spring hunger gap.
More than 50 million Americans do not know where their next meal is going to come from, and springtime traditionally brings a decrease in food and charitable donations to food banks around the country. This is the Spring hunger gap, a gap that Walmart and Feeding America are joining together to help bridge, One of the principal causes of hunger is unemployment.
This information touched me deeply. I love spring, I rejoice when it is here, but I didn't know that with it came shortages and hunger. I have personally seen the importance of charitable food donations, as I used to run a kitchen that fed over 100 children every week. I would personally go to our local food bank to get food supplies. The idea of places like these being short on food makes me very concerned.
What can we do?
Well, between April 9th and April 30th, Walmart will be hosting a Facebook campaign, Vote to fight spring hunger with Walmart where fans can rally support for communities in need of hunger relief. Vote among 200 communities with the highest unemployment rate as determined by a Department of Labor Report (found here).
Walmart will donate a total of $2 million to the 21 communities receiving the most support: $1 million to the winner and $50,000 each to the 20 runners-up. Winning communities will be announced may 1st.
The Fighting hunger Together initiative is expected to generate 43 million meals for families in need! That is a lot of grub! Awesome!
I personally will be voting for Detroit, MI. My Grandfather used to pastor a church in that area. I remember visiting as a child, so it is a special place for me. I encourage you to check out the list, choose a location that stands out to you, and vote on Facebook between April 9-30.
You can also go in-store between April 9 and April 30th and participate by purchasing select products. You can donate meals to Feeding America or Action for Healthy Kids, a non profit fighting childhood hunger. Check out in-store signage and packaging to make a purchase and help make a difference!