Foster City, CA, Jan. 9, 2011 - Hundreds of volunteers rallied support for their local food banks during CarInsurance.com’s “Fuel Your Food Bank” contest over the holidays. Today, hungry families in Memphis, Tenn., Shreveport, La., and Fairbanks, Alaska, will benefit.
Checks totaling $2,000 will be sent to Mid-South Food Bank, the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana and the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. With their expertise in finding wholesale bargains and using volunteer labor, the cash can be turned into thousands of pounds of food.
Throughout December, food banks across the United States sent their supporters to CarInsurance.com’s Facebook page to cast a vote and share their messages of hope. Voting closed Dec. 31. The top-drawing major metropolitan area food bank earned $1,000; two food banks in smaller metro areas earned $500 each.
Nearly 6 million households in the U.S. visited a food bank at some point last year.
The Mid-South Food Bank serves western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas, giving away 10.3 million pounds of food in 2011. Its $1,000 award as the major metropolitan area organization with the most votes will purchase 770 meals, spokesperson Marcia Wells says.
The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana distributed 4.5 million pounds of food to families in its seven-parish service area last year. With $500 in cash earned by its supporters, the group can buy as much as 4,500 pounds of food, says spokesperson Amie Caskey Roberts.
The Fairbanks Community Food Bank supplements cash and food donations with more than 17,000 hours of volunteer labor each year as it serves families across the Tanana Valley. Its supporters earned the organization a $500 donation.
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