Golden Harvest Food Bank competing for $1 million prize from Wal-Mart

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The Golden Harvest Food Bank is rallying community support to click, win and feed the hungry.

In a contest sponsored by Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation, Augusta was selected as one of 200 metropolitan areas to compete for a $1 million grand prize. The city tallying the most votes through a Facebook application wins.

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, support its backpack program that sends food home with school children on weekends and improve infrastructure such as transportation fleets.

Voting began April 9, and individuals can vote once a day until April 30.

The contest is part of Wal-Mart’s campaign to contribute $2 billion to fight domestic hunger through 2015. In addition to the grand prize, the next 20 runners-up will each win $50,000.

Golden Harvest has had success in similar competitions based on votes through social networks. Last year, the food bank won a Toyota minivan.

Firmin said loyal donors and friends of the food bank can encourage others to participate, adding that friends who visited during Masters Week can give something back to the city by voting.

“Let this be a viral thing,” he said.

HOW TO HELP

Visit apps.facebook.com/walmartfighthunger and vote for Augusta. Individuals can vote once a day until April 30.


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