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Food bank looks for Walmart grant votes

As part of Hunger Action Month, the Oregon Food Bank is looking for the public's help in winning a $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Fifty food banks across the nation will be selected for the awards, based on the number of votes they receive by Oct. 5. As of this week, the Oregon Food Bank had around 700 votes.

The Walmart Foundation's campaign is called "Fight Hunger. Spark Change," donating a total of $3.7 million in grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies that provide hunger relief.

Partners in the effort include Atlanta chef, cookbook author and Cooking Channel TV host G. Garvin, as well as six of the nation's largest food companies: General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company.

The recent Hunger in America 2014 report shows that one in seven Americans, including 12 million children, turn to the Feeding America food bank network for assistance.

It may seem like a strange way to award money, but Oregon's food relief agencies have won in the past.

Two years ago, Marion-Polk Food Share was awarded $45,000 and Salem-Keizer Meals on Wheels received $5,000 through

Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together Facebook campaign.

To vote for the Oregon Food Bank, people can visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger through Oct. 5 to cast one vote per day, as well as find out how to donate or volunteer to take a direct action in their community.