Wal-Mart announced today that the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville area finished No. 5 in the charitable effort to aid the nation's food banks, ensuring it will receive $100,000 as one of the nation's top finishers.

Charleston quickly moved up the rankings last week after various sectors of the community got behind the effort.

As a $100,000 finalist, the area could provide as many as 1 million meals, according to one official with the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Mickey Bakst, general manager at Charleston Grill and founder of the Feed the Need meal program, urged everyone who voted in the campaign to send $10 the Lowcountry Food bank, which then would receive more than $1 million.

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