Votes still needed to feed the hungry

Voting ends at midnight in a competition that could win Augusta $1 million to help feed the hungry.


Augusta, one of 200 metropolitan areas selected for the contest, was far behind the leader on Monday morning. But, more votes today could boost Augusta into a runner-up position to win $50,000.

The Golden Harvest Food Bank is leading the campaign to gather votes through a Facebook application at where a leaderboard announces vote tallies. As of 10 a.m. Monday, Augusta tallied 2,706 votes for 25th place.

Voting began April 9, and individuals can vote once a day.

According to the Facebook page for the contest, the winning community and 20 runner-up communities will be announced on April 30. Organizations in the winning communities that receive grants from the contest will be announced May 15.

If Augusta wins the grand prize, Golden Harvest Executive Director Mike Firmin said the organization would contribute half of the money to its partner food pantries. The remaining half would help sustain operations at the food bank.

Sponsored by Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation, the contest is part of the store’s effort to contribute $2 billion to fight domestic hunger through 2015.