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Take a second and vote to fight hunger

Staff Report • Apr 13, 2012 at 8:33 AM

With a click of a mouse, you can help Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Good Samaritan Ministries win $1 million to fight hunger in our area. As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported in Wednesday’s paper, the two agencies are in the running to win $1 million through a Walmart and Facebook hunger-fighting campaign that will run through April 30.

The food bank and the ministry are asking their supporters to visit Walmart’s Facebook page daily throughout the campaign, click on the “Fighting Hunger Together” icon, enter a vote for the Johnson City area and encourage all their Facebook friends to do the same.

Winning the $1 million would truly be a blessing for the area. Requests for food assistance are up. At the same time, Second Harvest’s regional food bank in Gray is running about 1 million pounds of food behind its total food distribution last year.

Good Samaritan and Second Harvest were leading Wednesday in the national competition. That’s very good news. If they can remain in the top 20 through the end of the campaign, even if they do not win the $1 million, the agencies will be one of 20 food bank and partner agency duos to receive a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

More information about Second Harvest is available at www.netfoodbank.org or may be obtained by calling 477-4053. More information about Good Samaritan Ministries is available at www.goodsamjc.org or may be obtained by calling 928-1958.

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