Today we delivered the first two donations from the Facebook poll we conducted in September, in which we asked people to vote on the food bank they would support to get a truckload of food. Ten food banks were selected to be in the poll, from among the most food insecure communities in the U.S. The top three vote-getters will get a truckload of food this month. (the rest will get one sometime in the next year). The winners were Yuma Community Foodbank (pictured above), Foodbank of the Albemarle in North Carolina, and the Mississippi Foodbank Network in Jackson.
The really cool thing about this whole exercise was watching communties get behind their food banks. Many got local media involved. There were hundreds of Facebook messages and tweets. Ultimately there were more than 37 thousand votes. We really appreciate everyone who got involved. We know the food will disappear fast. But our ultimate goal with all of this is to create more awareness for local food banks, ultimately, getting more people involved in the fight against hunger.