The race for this year’s Champion Against Child Hunger is still close, and they need your vote.

Every day, Share Our Strength works to connect children with the food they need to grow and thrive, and individuals like these five nominees are at the heart of everything we do. Please take a minute to meet these local heroes and cast your vote for this year’s winner.

For every vote, Con Agra Foods Foundation will donate $1 to help Share Our Strength reach even more children facing hunger.

http://www.ChampionsAgainstChildHunger.org/vote

The 5 finalists come from all over the country, and each has made an incredible difference in his or her community.  Click on the link above to read their stories and to help Con Agra continue donating….

Here’s some information about children who need government food assistance that might surprise you..

The average monthly SNAP benefit is $132.99 per person, or $1.43 per meal.

36.5 million Americans used SNAP in August 2009, more than at any time in the past 3 years, according to the most recent U.S.D.A. report.

18.25 million American children received SNAP benefits in August 2009, according to the most recent U.S.D.A. report.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Monthly Summary; http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/34SNAPmonthly.htm. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, “Leading the Fight Against Hunger,” June 2008; http://www.fns.usda.gov/fncs/hunger.pdf

End childhood hunger now………………….