Facebook Poll Results Announced

Thank you for you for rallying your community and raising hunger awareness during Tyson’s Hunger Action Month Facebook Poll . A total of 37,941 votes were cast.

Congratulations to the top three finishers!

The final results are:

Food Bank of the Albemarle- Elizabeth City, NC: (9,467 votes)
Yuma Community Food Bank- Yuma, AZ: (9, 435 votes)
Mississippi Food Network- Jackson, MS: (3, 425 votes)
Montgomery Area Food Bank, Inc.: (3, 136 votes)
Central Virginia Food Bank- Richmond, VA: (2,665 votes)
Mid-South Food Bank- Memphis, TN: (2, 515 votes)
Lowcountry Food Bank- Charleston, SC: (2,236 votes)
Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc.: (1,931 votes)
Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana- Monroe, LA: (1,867 votes)
Feeding the Valley Food Bank- Columbus, GA: (1,264 votes)

The top three finishers will receive a truckload of food in the next month or so. BUT, since participation has been so great, we’ve decided that sometime in the next year, all the participating foodbanks will get a truckload of food. It will probably take us a while to get to everyone, but we will. Thanks again for your participation.

Please stay involved in hunger relief.   A great way to start is by connecting with our local foodbank or going to Feeding America’s Hunger Action Center.   The need is so great, and there’s so much to be done.

Facebook poll–help us decide on a donation–3 days left

Click here to cast your vote.

You have until Friday at midnight to cast your vote in the Facebook poll for the foodbank from the list you think should receive a truckload of food from Tyson Foods.   The three top vote getters will each receive a truckload of food within the next month to six weeks. We’ve had some great participation in the polls, with over 20,000 votes cast as of this writing.    We’ve also had some very good questions about how and why we’re doing this.  For example:

Q.  How were the foodbanks selected, and why is my foodbank not on the list–we have a lot of hungry people in our community?
A.  The foodbanks are from among U.S communities with the highest rates of per capita food insecurity in the country. Feeding America’s research staff helped us identify them.  The management of the food banks selected also agreed to be part of this poll.  We know there are a lot of communities in need. We wish we could eliminate that need, but are glad there are people like you involved.

Q.  Why do you have to have winners and losers?  Why can’t you just donate to all of them?
A.  Though we have donated to all of them at one time or another (and will again), at this time, we only have three truckloads to work with.  Part of the goal is to get people involved with the foodbanks in their own communities (which supports our overall KNOW Hunger objectives). Maybe you’ve never been involved with your local foodbank before.  If you take a minute to vote for your foodbank, maybe you’ll take a another minute to find out a little more about them and hunger in your community.  Maybe that connection will be the start of a relationship that keeps you involved with fighting hunger.  So even if your foodbank doesn’t win the food, it wins new champions like you.  

Q.  What do you mean by “protein?” 
A.  There’s about a 99% chance it will be frozen chicken.

Q.  Will you be doing this again?
A.  Perhaps.  We’d appreciate any feedback you might offer. 

Click here to vote in the poll. 

This is all being done in conjunction with Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month.  Another thing we’re doing in support is encouraging everyone to go to Feeding America’s Hunger Action Center, and sign up to be a Hunger Champion.  Get involved.  KNOW Hunger in your community.

It’s time for another Hunger Challenge–You can help feed people in need

Last year, we had the opportunity to work with the San Francisco Food Bank and a great group of  bloggers to help raise awareness for hunger in the Bay Area during Hunger Action Month. It was a successful effort in which we asked for–and received–your assistance.   More than 2100 comments were submitted to this post, resulting in five truckoads of food being donated to Bay Area Food Banks.

We’re going to try something similar this year, with the help of the Hunger Challenge bloggers and the Social Media Club of San Francisco.

The whole idea is to use social media tools to increase awareness of the issue of hunger.  We won’t try to bribe you to become a Facebook fan. You don’t have to buy any products.  Here’s all you have to do:

There’s a list of hunger facts below.  All Tweetable.  Tweet  or retweet any of them with the hashtag  #HChal and Tyson Foods will make a 100 pound donation (up to a total of 100,000 pounds) to the San Francisco Food Bank.  Blog about this effort and we’ll donate 500 pounds.  Or comment to this post with your own verifiable fact (not opinion)  about hunger and we’ll donate 100 pounds.   That’s all you have to do. Let’s see how far and fast we can spread these facts out there in Twittervillle. If you’d like to make reference to this post, here’s a shortened URL:  http://bit.ly/sBE9x

Tweetable Facts About Hunger

More than 35 mil. people in the U.S. are on food stamps–up 3 million since Jan.  #HChal

App. 40% of families now on food stamps have "earned income"–up from just 25% 2 years ago.  #HChal #hungeraction

For every $1 donated @SFFoodBank can distribute $9 worth of groceries. #HChal #hungeraction

In San Francisco, 150K people are unsure where their next meal is coming from. #HChal #hungeraction

1 in 4 San Francisco children lack reg.access to food they need to learn, grow, & have a healthy start in life. #HChal

1 in 5 San Francisco adults can’t count on daily meals they need to lead healthy, productive lives. #HChal

1 in 4 San Francisco seniors lack the nourishment need to control chronic health problems. #HChal

@SFFoodBank distributed over 33.5 million pounds of food in the past year–nearly 8% more than the year before. #HChal

60% of the clients @SFFoodBank served last year come from working families.  #HChal

In CA, the average food stamp recicipient gets $4 a day to spend on food.  #HChal #hungeraction

In CA, a single person can get food stamps only if their yearly gross income is $14,079 or less. #HChal

5.3 mil. Californians are living below the federal poverty line ($21,834 for a family of 4) #HChal

The number of households participating in @SFFoodbank’s grocery pantry program is up 24% over last year. #HChal

You can help alleviate hunger with a single tweet this week:  http://bit.ly/sBE9x (no purchase or FB signup nec.) #HChal

A message from Feeding America–Hunger Action Month

This month, Feeding America food banks across the country are participating in Hunger Action Month. They’re coordinating an array of events–everything from food drives to golf outings, concerts to volunteer opportunities–all in an effort to increase engagement and support in fighting hunger.
We’re also proud to partner with country music star Phil Vassar, who is inspiring people nationwide to help the 1 in 8 Americans who struggle with hunger. Phil has recorded an exclusive version of his single "Prayer of a Common Man" with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and it’s available only on Rhapsody. Each download of the song helps fund Feeding America efforts against domestic hunger.
You can fight hunger in your hometown and across the country. Visit feedingamerica.org to find your local food bank and to take action. Then log on to Rhapsody to download the exclusive recording of Phil Vassar’s "Prayer of a Common Man."
Each of us has a role to play in Feeding America — visit feedingamerica.org to find yours.