On Dec. 22, when the Post and Courier first posted a notice about Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Facebook competition, Charleston ranked a lowly No. 62. Today, thanks to a concerted effort that’s spread from Mickey Bakst at Charleston Grill to Ida Becker at the Charleston Visitor and Convention Bureau and everyone in between, Charleston is ranked No. 5 with a staggering 81,000 (and growing) votes.

That No. 5 ranking, should it hold until the competition ends tomorrow, will garner our community $100,000 to fight hunger locally. There are 100 communities that have been identified a high food hardship rate. Not surprisingly, South Carolina has the fifth highest rate in the nation. Columbia is a notch ahead of us in the competition. The current leader, who will receive $1 million, is Fresno, CA, a community that is ranked as a metropolitan area with the fourth highest rate of food hardship in the nation.

Want to make sure Charleston gets some of that Walmart money? Head to the Walmart site and LIKE the Charleston-N.Charleston—Summerville community. And then get all your friends and all their friends to do the same. We’ve got a half a million people in the tri-county area. Surely we can get another 100K votes by tomorrow?

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