El Paso's Only Food Bank Needs Your Votes

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 5:20pm

Wal-Mart takes a bite out of hunger by selecting 200 food banks across the country with the highest unemployment rates to compete for a $1 million donation.

"It's pretty must just another way of Wal-Mart giving back to the community. It has many programs that it also does this with, but this is one of many," said Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Cotis Shepherd.

"El Pasoans Fighting Hunger"... formerly West Texas Food Bank... enters the vote-driven competition with a full plate... as the organization prepares to open its new facility.

"We're hoping to get this food bank started right and part of that starting the food bank right is buying the food that we need, bringing the food in and getting our building ready to be able to support the needs of this community," said "El Pasoans Fighting Hunger" Executive Director Ruben Sanchez.

Wal-Mart will also donate $50,000 to the 20 runners up in the competition... which runs through the end of the month.
You can cast your vote for "El Pasoans Fighting Hunger" by simply visiting facebook.com/walmart and by clicking on the "Fighting Hunger Together" tab.

"We're in 6th place right now. We need to make up some ground and we need to come up in first place come April 30th," said "El Pasoans Fighting Hunger" Board of Directors Vice President Victor Nevarez.

Nevarez says the organization could certainly use a heaping helping of your support... as children make up the largest portion of the more than 200,000 El Pasoans considered food insecure.

"That's our charge is to feed the children, make sure that they don't go to bed hungry because if they go to bed hungry, they don't wake up ready to go to school and those kids are our future," said Nevarez.

Definitely some food for thought.

"$50,000 dollars is great, but it's not $1 million dollars. You've got to vote and vote and vote," said Nevarez.

Once again... you can cast your vote by visiting facebook.com/walmart and by clicking on the "Fighting Hunger Together" tab.
You can vote once a day until April 30th.

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