Monday, May 05, 2008

Thank You!

To everyone who donated to the Walk for Hunger, thank you.

Sunday was a rotten day, weather-wise, raining and drizzling alternately. And yet, my team and I still made the 20 mile trek in roughly 6 hours! It's a wonderful experience for me to stretch myself like that and know that I am making a difference, however small it's still important, in my community.

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Walk For Hunger raises $3.8M

Boston Business Journal

Project Bread, which sponsors the annual Walk for Hunger, announced it raised about $3.8 million on this year's walk, which was held Sunday.

More than 40,000 people took part in the 40th Walk for Hunger. Walkers of all ages (the oldest was 82) from a spectrum of economic circumstances participated in this event dedicated to feeding hungry people. Sunday was rainy and cold.

Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread, said the weather may have hindered the need to raise $4 million. She urged people to make "rainy day" donations in order to meet the goal.

With a slowing economy and rising food costs, this year has been especially challenging for food banks.

The Walk for Hunger provides resources for the state's rising number of hungry individuals and families; its proceeds provide funding for 400 emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs throughout the Bay State. The programs serve 42.1 million emergency meals, annually.

Project Bread is based in East Boston.

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