Local Food Pantry in National Contest to Win $20,000

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - In the spirit of "Giving Tuesday" - a new effort to urge people to be charitable this holiday season, Wal-Mart has launched a national campaign to give 75 food pantries in the U.S. a $20,000 "make-over," and one local food pantry is in the running.

Faith Tabernacle Church of God & Christ in West Des Moines applied to qualify for the contest, and was one of 150 food pantries across the U.S. selected. Starting Tuesday, and ending on Friday, December 12, people can vote for Faith Tabernacle to win the $20,000. A food pantry serving about 100 people a month, members say they could serve a lot more if they had a mode of transportation to deliver meals to those who cannot make it to their facility.

"What we're looking to use this for is to purchase transportation," said Rosa McRoy of the church. "We're in need of a van so we can get the food out to the individuals that otherwise cannot get into the location."

To vote for Faith Tabernacle, visit Wal-Mart's voting page here. Three other food pantries in the state are in the running as well: Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel, Food at First in Ames, and Hawkeye Harvest Food in Mason City.


  • John Smith

    I wish this church very well in their quest! Good on them!

    But, I think the irony of the story is that fewer people would probably NEED food pantries if Walmart took better care of their employees.

  • Carol

    Agreeing with the other poster here ! Wal-Mart, if you are in the mind to be charitable, look to your own house first and pay your workers better wages ! It appears you can afford to do so !

  • John Smith

    Well, in looking at the specified Walmart website, I see that three other food pantries in Iowa are vying for this award as well: One in Ames, one in Adel, and one in Mason City.

    I reckon those others must be out of the WHO viewing area.

    I recommend voting for all of them, if you get the opportunity. Walmart intends to award $20,000 each to 75 places, if I understand their site correctly.

  • Benjamin Bell

    Faith Tabernacle is serving the community in various and sundry ways that speak to their commitment to be a bright light in a sometimes dark and dismal world. Thank you for feeding people naturally and spiritually. What a blessing!

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