September 16, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Food Bank Teams Up with Walmart to Fight Hunger


Huntington, W.Va. – Yesterday, the Walmart Foundation launched Fight Hunger. Spark Change., a nationwide campaign calling on the public to get involved in the fight against hunger. The campaign will provide $3.7 million in grants to Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies that provide hunger relief to millions of people in need of food assistance.

In the running to win one of these grants is Facing Hunger Foodbank. Cynthia Kirkhart, the food bank’s Executive Director, is calling on the public to support Facing Hunger by voting online at

“This is a critical time for our food bank,” Kirkhart said. “One in four children in our community goes to bed hungry. This funding is essential for us to maintain our services and help feed families in need.”

 From September 15 through October 5, supporters can visit to cast one vote per day that will help Facing Hunger Foodbank and its local partner agencies.  Facing Hunger can win a $60,000 grant. This campaign also provides information on how Walmart customers can donate or volunteer to take a direct action in the fight against hunger.

In the food bank’s service region, about 15 percent of the population struggles with hunger, including 23,820 children.

To support Facing Hunger in the voting campaign, learn more about the program, including details on participating products, visit


 Facing Hunger is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Feeding America, that nation’s largest domestic hunger relief charity. With a network of more than 200 member agencies, the foodbank’s service region spans 17 counties across West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

Katie Quiñonez
Director of Development and Communications
Facing Hunger Foodbank
Office: (304) 523-6029 x 24 | Cell: (304) 634-7515
“Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign runs from Sept 15 – Oct 5