The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 30, 2013

Lamar agency needs contest votes to win grant

By Debby Woodin
dwoodin@joplinglobe.com

LAMAR, Mo. — A Lamar nonprofit is still in the running for a $20,000 grant to feed children but needs online votes today to stay in the running.

About Our Kids (AOK), an after-school program that provides meals to children, is one of the agencies vying for Wal-Mart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” grant program. AOK is ranked 59th in the contest and Wal-Mart will make grants to 60 programs, according to Lindsey Neddenriep of Ozarks Food Harvest.

Voting ends today at 10:59 p.m. People may vote at www.bit.ly/VoteAOK or by going to www.facebook.com/walmart.

If AOK wins a grant, the agency intends to use the money to buy kitchen equipment and appliances for meal preparation.

According to the Ozarks Food Harvest, there are about 8,000 children in Barton and Jasper counties who are in need of food.

The Joplin Boys and Girls Club also had entered the contest but is out of the running.

Ozarks Food Harvest is a Feeding America food bank based in Springfield that serves 250 agencies in 28 southern Missouri counties.