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Thousands Help Ease Local Hunger In Baystate

44th Annual Walk For Hunger Promises To Feed 700,000

POSTED: 12:30 pm EDT May 6, 2012
UPDATED: 4:17 pm EDT May 6, 2012
 
 
BOSTON -- Newsflash: Fifteen enthusiastic members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline joined the More than 43,000 people (who) laced up their walking shoes on Sunday to help ease hunger in Massachusetts.
 
(Some) Walkers trekked 20-miles through the cities of Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Cambridge for Project Bread’s 44th annual Walk for Hunger. (The fifteen members of St. Paul's"Team St. Paul's" unwaveringly traveled the distance of over three Mapquest-miles from downtown Boston all the way to the corner of St. Paul Street.  After bidding Godspeed to our Team Captain, Art Wing, whose goal was to continue forward along the entire route, the remaining dedicated St. Paul folk peeled away from the crowd in order to arrive at the church in time for the 10:00AM liturgy, which that morning included three baptisms! )
 
The event is the oldest continual pledge walk in the nation and largest one-day fundraiser to help feed an estimated 700,000 hungry families and individuals in the state. “We’re all heartened that our economy is showing signs of recovery,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “But we know that over 700,000 people in Massachusetts struggle to put food on the table. For families, it’s particularly difficult.” In a single day, The Walk for Hunger raises funding for grants to over 450 emergency food programs, schools, summer food programs, community health centers, farmer’s markets, community suppers, home care organizations and other programs in 129 communities throughout Massachusetts.
 
“When a family gets predictable and good quality meals for their children every school day, they save money, which can then be put toward a healthy dinner at night,” Parker said. Sunday's walk raised $3.6 million. Since 1969, Project Bread has raised over $81 million.

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