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Apr 3, 2013 2:00 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Second Harvest Food Bank Needs Your Vote

New Orleans, LA - April 3, 2013 - Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is hoping the public can help them click their way to a $45,000 grant from Walmart by voting for them in the "Fighting Hunger Together" initiative - a national campaign where money is awarded to programs that get the most votes for their innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger.

The public will decide what organization will receive the grants through a voting campaign at www.facebook.com/walmart that includes more than 300 different hunger relief organizations from across the country. The food banks with most votes will win grant money to be used to support local child hunger relief programs.

"This Walmart grant would provide Second Harvest Food Bank with the resources needed to help ensure that our children have the food they need to learn and grow," said Natalie Jayroe, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. "Through after school supper programs, summer feeding, the backpack program, 9-A-Day the Headstart Way and our partnership with 300 faith-based and non-profit organizations throughout south Louisiana, Second Harvest provides nourishment for more than 82,000 children annually."

The public will be able to vote on their favorite child hunger programs through 11:59 pm ET on April 30 at www.facebook.com/walmart. Descriptions of programs from across the country that are dedicated to reducing child hunger in their communities will be posted on the voting site along with a "vote" button. Visitors to the page can award one "vote" a day to their favorite program. At the conclusion of the voting, top vote getters will split $3 million in funding from Walmart.

Funding for child hunger programs is especially critical given the significant need that exists. According to the USDA, more than 16 million children in the United States struggle with hunger. Here in south Louisiana, there are an estimated 119,400 children who struggle with hunger.

For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadina, please visit www.no-hunger.org. Click here to access the Second Harvest Food Bank voting page: http://apps.facebook.com/walmartlocal/?applet=hunger&organization=57.

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