Exciting news – we are up for a $45,000 Walmart grant and you can help us win!

As part of their Fighting Hunger Together initiative, Walmart is giving out $3 million in grants for the most innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger. The Vermont Foodbank is in the running to win one of 100 grants, but we need your help to win!

The more votes we receive, the better chance we have of winning a $45,000 grant from Walmart. The funds will be used to support the Vermont Foodbank BackPack Program. The BackPack Program provides high quality, kid-friendly food to 850 children in need to take home each Friday during the school year, provided enough nutritious food to seem them though the weekend.   Over the years, the need for the BackPack Program has grown and the Walmart grant opportunity will help us expand the program to three more schools.

Here’s how it works:

Now through April 30, go to  http://ow.ly/jDxyH to vote for our project. You can vote once a day, so please vote as often as you can.

Funding for child hunger programs is especially critical considering the need that exists. Here in Vermont, there are an estimated 27,000 children who struggle with hunger. The Walmart grant would go a long way to helping ensure that all children have access to the food they need to grow, learn and play.

Please vote for us now.

If you’d like to make a donation directly to support this program, you can make a gift here.

Thank you so much for your support. Throughout the month of April, we’ll post more BackPack stories, photos and videos here, so stay tuned!

Walmart Fighting Hunger Together