We were going to hold our tongue on this one, but we just can't let it go.Â We sent out a newsletter titled "Connecting the Dots" a few weeks ago when Fresno was engaged in Walmart's 'Fighting Hunger Together' contest.Â We certainlyÂ don't have anything against the various agencies trying to help feed the homeless and poor of our community.Â But, it's difficult to watch a community get so excited about begging Walmart for money when they won't get as excited about demanding action from their various legislators to get the economy going again.Â If we could garner this much excitement from the people on facebook or anywhere else to make our representatives do what they need to do so that we can solve our own problems, we wouldn't need to ask Walmart for help feeding each other.Â Â Isn't it sad that we get so excited about winning a contest to feed the poor?Â
Mayor Ashley Swearengin says in the article below that many things have made her proud, but "I think that (campaign) experience has to top the list."Â Sure, it's great that we can all come together to win this money, but wouldn't it be even better if we came together in an election and elected peopleÂ that would makeÂ political decisions allowing us to solve our own problems(like turning on the pumps so that we can create jobs)?Â
Here we are in the agricultural capitol of the world and we're begging for money from Walmart toÂ feed the hungry.Â Mother Nature has given us abundent water for two years, yet we still have a man-made drought with hundreds of thousands of acres out of production.Â What's wrong with this picture?Â
Fresno Charities Get $100,000 from Walmart
By Dennis Hart
Four Fresno charities were on the receiving end from Walmart on Wednesday, getting big checks to help feed the hungry, thanks to a campaign on Facebook.
"We are really excited to be here with all of you today," a Walmart representative told a big crowd gathered in a warehouse at the Community Food Bank.
She presented four checks totaling $100,000 to the Food Bank, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and the Poverello House.
The money came after Fresno finished second to Salt Lake City in Walmart's "Fight Hunger" campaign weeks ago.
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin told the crowd that many things have made her proud, but "I think that (campaign) experience has to top the list."
Catherine Manfredo of Catholic Charities said the need is great.
"We are seeing great numbers of people who have never had to be in line before, in line for assistance," she said.
Each agency will use its share of the money to help the needy.
"We're excited for what this means for us," Food Bank chief Andy Souza said.Â "But we're just as pleased for what this has meant for us as a community."Â