Walmart to award Valley groups from hunger campaign

Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together campaignWalmart's Fighting Hunger Together campaignEight nonprofits in the Central Valley will be presented with a total of $200,000 as part of Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together campaign that wrapped up April 30.

The Facebook contest began about a month before with residents in more than 200 cities submitting their votes, or "likes", for the grand prize of $1 million that would be used by food banks and other organizations to reduce their local hunger problem.

In the end, Youngstown-Warren, Ohio came out on top with 98,690 votes.

However, several Valley communities finished in the top 21 winning $50,000 each, including Fresno (27,929 votes), Madera-Chowchilla (5,348 votes), Hanford-Corcoran (5,143 votes) and Visalia-Porterville (4,656 votes).

Walmart representatives will be at the Fresno Community Community Food Bank, 3403 E. Central Ave., on May 15 as the company presents checks to the organizations.

City officials like Fresno City Council President Clint Olivier, former Fresno Mayor Alan Autry and Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle will be on hand along with representatives from the following organizations:

• Fresno Community Food Bank
• Good Neighbor Center
• Madera County Food Bank
• Foodlink of Tulare County
• Visalia Rescue Mission
• Kings Action Organization
• Kings County Commission on Aging Council

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.