Utah nonprofits to get $1.1 million from Walmart to fight hunger

Utah nonprofits are getting a $1 million boost from Walmart to help fight hunger.On Thursday, the company will distribute $1.5 million in grant funds to the six U.S. communities that earned the most its Fighting Hunger Together Facebook campaign.Salt Lake City bested the competition with more than 5.3 million votes. Fresno, Calif., was second with 4.1 million.The

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will receive $700,000 which will go toward infrastructure and distributing more food throughout the state. The bank supplies food to 150 pantries and food banks statewide.An Ogden nonprofit will also get $100,000. Ogden finished third in the contest with more than 305,000 votes.Other Utah nonprofits receiving funds include Catholic Community Services ($60,000), Rescue Mission of Salt Lake ($35,000), Saint Andrew Food Pantry ($25,000), Salt Lake Community Action Program ($75,000), Salt Lake County Aging Services Nutrition Program ($25,000), Utah Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program ($20,000), and Utahns Against Hunger ($60,000).In a news release, Walmart Foundation president Margaret McKenna say the contest is part of a $2 billion campaign to fight hunger that continues through 2015.

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