(Tyler, Texas) April 2, 2013 – East Texas Food Bank is hoping the public can help them click their way to a 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 East Texas Food Bank is thankful for being selected as a finalist in Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger Together”
campaign, which will award 40 food banks with $45,000 for their child hunger programs. If awarded, we are
dedicating this money to our BackPack Program, but we need East Texans to vote,” said Dennis Cullinane,
executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “The East Texas Food Bank has more than 4,500 children
participating in the BackPack Program. Athens ISD, Frankston ISD, Nacogdoches ISD, Palestine ISD, Tyler ISD
and Westwood ISD are just a few of the school districts who partner with the East Texas Food Bank to provide
food for children through the BackPack Program.”
To vote for the East Texas Food Bank, go to http://bit.ly/45KforETFB or to learn about the BackPack Program,
go to http://www.easttexasfoodbank.org/Programs/BackPackProgram
The public will be able to vote on their favorite child hunger programs through 11:59 pm ET on April 30th.
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 East Texas, one in four
children are at‐risk of hunger.
About East Texas Food Bank
The East Texas Food Bank provided more than 14 million meals, that is more than 16 million pounds of food,
each year to 200 partner agencies in 26 East Texas counties. Our vision is for a hunger‐free East Texas and our
mission is to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas. The East Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding
America and the Texas Food Bank Network. To learn more, please visit EastTexasFoodBank.org. Find us on
Facebook at facebook.com/etfoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/etfoodbank.