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Do you know that over 50 million people in America don't know if or how they'll get their next meal? I feel so blessed that I've never been in that situation, and I can't imagine trying to care for my family while not knowing how to feed them.
When I try to “put myself in their shoes,” in the shoes of those who are hungry and needing help, it breaks my heart. I do what I can to help others, but I often feel like what I do can't possibly be enough to make a difference. That's why it makes me so happy to hear about big businesses who step up and provide so much more than I could ever do on my own.
The Walmart Foundation's Fighting Hunger Together initiative is a Facebook campaign that starts on April 9th and runs through April 30th. Throughout the campaign, we can visit Facebook and Vote to fight spring hunger with Walmart. 200 of the communities in America with the highest unemployment rates will be up for one of 21 awards. The community with the highest number of votes will receive $1 million and the 20 runner-ups will each receive $50,000.
The communities with the highest unemployment rates in the country (according to US Department of Labor reporting) are the ones who will be eligible to receive votes. I just found out that the city of El Centro, California, has an unemployment rate of nearly 30%. That's almost 1 in every 3 able-bodied adults who don't have jobs. Not only are they unemployed, many of them have families that need support, too. While there are many other communities with high unemployment rates, El Centro has the highest. For that reason alone, they're going to get my vote.
Visit Facebook between April 9th and April 30th to vote for a community who needs help feeding their own. Then, share the campaign with other to rally friends and family and spread the word about hungry families in our country.
You can also help the cause by buying select products from ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and Kelloggs at Walmart stores starting April 9th. Those purchases will result in meals donated to Feeding America or Action for Healthy Kids, which is a nonprofit foundation for fighting for childhood hunger.
There should be plenty of in-store signs and packaging to show you the participating products. Every purchase helps make a difference!