LEXINGTON, Ky. – God’s Pantry Food Bank is asking for your vote to help the Kid’s Back Pack Program receive $45,000 in grant money from a Feeding America and Walmart “Fighting Hunger Together” partnership.
Over 120 Food Banks from across the country, including God’s Pantry Food Bank, are competing to be one of the Food Banks that receive $45,000 in grant money awarded to the Food Banks with the most votes on Facebook.
The contest is a partnership with Feeding America and Walmart’s campaign “Fighting Hunger Together”. The contest started April 1st and runs through April 30th, 2013. All voting is conducted and recorded in an app within Facebook, and each person who votes can vote once per day per Facebook account through April 30th.
To vote, a Facebook account is required and God’s Pantry Food Bank is providing instructions on the voting process.
· Log in to Facebook using your Facebook account.
· Go to God’s Pantry Food Bank Facebook Page: Facebook.com/GodsPantryFoodBank
· Click the link that is posted daily to the Food Bank’s News Feed – this will direct you to the voting page specifically for God’s Pantry Food Bank.
· Vote once per day, every day through April 30th.
“The Back Pack Program came about as a solution to a very real problem facing children in our country today,” said Marian Guinn, God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO. “Hunger is affecting so many families right here in Kentucky, and while we know that many parents are sacrificing meals to feed their children, we also know that sometimes even the kids in these homes are forced to go without.”
God’s Pantry Food Bank currently operates 14 Back Pack Programs that feed over 2,000 children each month. “Having $45,000 secured for next school year is a big step towards us being able to expand the program to more hungry children.” Says Youth Services and Nutrition Coordinator Rohan Krehbiel.
“As far as expansion for this program, we are only limited by funding,” Guinn said. “This is an expensive program for the food bank, since such specific foods are needed, but an extremely worthwhile investment.”
The Back Pack Program is essential for our youth services center” says Temicula Allen, Family Resource Center Coordinator at Landsdowne Elementary in Lexington. “We have many families that rely on the assistance of God’s Pantry Food Bank to provide meals and children in those families that need the Back Packs that, in a lot of cases, provide the only source of food for these kids over a weekend.”