Social media helps feed local people in need

The East Albany Walmart is asking citizens to vote on Facebook so they can help feed the needy in this area / File

Helping the hungry in the Albany community may be as easy as logging onto Facebook.

As part of Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together initiative, the company is holding a Facebook campaign highlighting 200 communities where unemployment rates are the highest, according to the Department of Labor. Customers can visit Walmart's Facebook page to vote for one of 200 communities hardest hit by unemployment, including Albany.

The community with the most votes will receive $1 million to help fight hunger. The next 20 communities will each receive $50,000 for hunger relief. The Facebook campaign will also provide information on how users can donate or volunteer with hunger fighting organizations in their local communities.

Through this effort, more than 42 million meals will be donated to Feeding America food banks and Action for Healthy Kids.

Walmart's "Fighting Hunger Together" spring initiative will provide millions of Americans the opportunity to fight hunger by shopping at Walmart or through visiting the company's Facebook page April 9 through April 30. The learn more visit the Fighting Hunger page on Walmart's website .