Did you know that in the United States 1 in 6 people don’t know where their next meal will come from? Or that 37 million people have sought help from food pantries or banks? Did you know 18.5 million children eat free or reduced-price lunches at school?
Walmart stores are pledging over $2 billion by 2015 to fight hunger in America, and between now and the end of the year they’re letting you choose to whom $1.5 million of that will go.
How It Works:
* Visit fightinghunger.walmart.com where you’ll find a list of 100 communities along with each of their food hardship rates.
* Login to Facebook and “Like” the community you think needs the funds the most. Your “Like” counts as one vote.
* The community with the most votes will receive $1 million, and the next five communities will receive $100,000 each. The funds will be divided up amongst a number of local organizations fighting hunger (like The Salvation Army) in those supported communities.
You’ll be furthering the cause with just a click of a mouse.
If the virtual world isn’t your preference, or you’d just like to do more, step away from your computer and into a Walmart store this week. From Nov. 15 – Nov. 22 Walmart facilities across the country are hosting in-store food drives to benefit local-area food banks. Donate non-perishable foods for another simple way to help fight hunger.
Find Walmart’s Fighing Humger campaign on Facebook here. While you’re on the site, swing by The Salvation Army’s page here.
Not that some of us out there need any additional incentive to go shopping, but this week Target has a promotion that makes it pretty hard to resist.
For each Target gift card of $20 or more purchased in store from Sunday, Nov. 14 – Saturday, Nov. 20, Target will donate $1 to The Salvation Army (up to $400,000 total).
It’s a good way for you to knock out some holiday shopping and a great way to give back to your local community. Plus, can you imagine the look on Aunt Sue’s face when she finds out her awesome present is also helping serve people in need?
The Salvation Army is thankful for Target’s generosity, and we hope you’ll let them know how much their efforts are appreciated next time you stop in their stores.
Remember, this promotion goes through the 20th, so there’s only 6 days left to help The Salvation Army with doing the most good by shopping the most good !
Don’t have plans tonight? Now you do! This evening is the installation service for The Salvation Army’s new national leaders Commissioner William and Nancy Roberts. You’re officially invited to watch the ceremony LIVE online!
What: Installation Service for The Salvation Army’s new National Commander and National President of Women’s Ministries
Who: You + Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts
When: 8:30pmEST/7:30pmCST, Friday, November 12
Where: Here at our blog (look down), or streaming LIVE through www.live.salvationarmymedia.com from Chicago, IL
The Salvation Army’s Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary, appeared live on CNN yesterday with host Ali Velshi to discuss our 2010 Red Kettle Campaign.
As our iconic red kettles are already appearing on streets and by store fronts, Major Hood talked about how the money raised from this holiday tradition is critical in supporting local Army programs and services year round.
In case you missed the interview, we’ve got the video for you right here: