GRAY, Tenn. -

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee placed first in the top 40 food banks in the country.

In a press release, the organization says they won $45,000 in Walmart's "Fighting Hunger Together" campaign in April by getting the most votes for support of their programs that help alleviate child hunger. They say funding for child hunger programs is especially critical in Northeast Tennessee where as many as two out of five children may be hungry according to the most recent poverty statistics.

Last year the region secured a $50,000 award, taking second place in the campaign. Last fall the food bank also won a $150,000 award from Walmart's 'Golden Spark' campaign.

Second Harvest says they have two campaigns where they are asking for community support during May. Saturday, May 11 is the Annual Letter Carrier's Food Drive. You can help by filling a bag with nonperishable foods and leaving at your mailbox.

Outnumber Hunger is sponsoring a contest that includes The Band Perry; those interested have one more week to tell The Band Perry how they are helping to make a difference in your community.

You could win a visit from the band and get to volunteer alongside them at your local Feeding America food bank as part of the Outnumber Hunger campaign.

For more information and ways to get involved in helping feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee visit www.netfoodbank.org.