Charleston area receives $100,000 from Walmart to fight hunger

Source: Walmart Fight Hunger Campaign
Source: Walmart Fight Hunger Campaign

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two Charleston non-profits received thousands of dollars in grants Thursday.

Walmart handed over a $100,000 check as a part of their fighting hunger together campaign on Facebook to two non-profits Thursday. More than 10 million votes were cast during the campaign.

Charleston was one of the six communities to take the top spot. The local non profits will use the winnings to provide additional meals to families.

"The citizens of Charleston and the Lowcountry came through once again. You came through for the people who are hungry in our community," said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. "This wonderful challenge that Walmart offered this community was met with resounding support and encouragement and work and citizens voting."

Charleston ranks 15th on the list of 100 communities with the highest hunger rates in the country.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey was also at the event and said, "I think everybody knows in today's environment socially we've got more challenges with helping people. These groups do a magnificent job at not just helping people but training people to help themselves as well. And we are very proud to be a part of this today."

To read more about how the Charleston area nonprofits will use the money, click here.

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