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Local food bank could win 30,000 pounds of protein

The Montgomery Area Food Bank, which serves 35 counties including Marengo, Sumter and Hale, is currently in second place in a Facebook voting competition that could net the organization 30,000 pounds of protein from Tyson Foods.

With more than 14,000 votes cast since Tyson Foods launched its social media campaign last week, Montgomery currently sits in second place in the rankings of some 10 food banks across the United States.

Tyson has committed to make its donation to the top three vote-getters in its Facebook poll. If Montgomery’s ranking holds up, it will be in a trio of fortunate services which currently would include the food bank of Elizabeth City, N.J. and one in Yuma, Ariz.

Voting is slated to continue through Friday, Sept. 30, the conclusion of Hunger Action Month.

Tyson Foods has fought hunger in the U.S. for a decade, donating more than 80 million pounds of protein, the equivalent of 320 million meals.

The food banks that receive donations this go-round would be able to provide the equivalent of 120,000 meals.

Those wishing to vote can do so by going to facebook.com/TysonHungerRelief.