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.