Second Harvest needs votes to reach 1st in Walmart hunger campaign


YOUNGSTOWN

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is on track to receive $60,000 from Walmart Foundation hunger campaign.

The Arizona-based company’s charity, along with Feeding America, launched “Fight Hunger. Spark Change,” a nationwide campaign to get the public involved in the fight against hunger. The campaign will provide $3 million in grants to participating food banks and local partner agencies associated with Feeding America, a national hunger-relief agency. That’s the monetary equivalent of more than 37 million meals.

People can support their local food banks by voting online at www.walmart.com/fight hunger, which ends Sunday. As of Wednesday, Second Harvest Food Bank is in second place with more than 8,400 votes.

Mike Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank, said he encourages the public to continue voting to get the food bank at No. 1. For assistance with voting, the public can call 330-792-5522.

“I think the people of the Mahoning Valley deserve the recognition,” he said.

The food bank won a $1 million grant from a previous Walmart hunger campaign in 2012. However, the money was to purchase equipment only.

This time, the $60,000 grant will be distributed among the pantries to purchase more food, Iberis said.

Read more about the campaign in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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