(Photo courtesy Project Bread)
A Charlestown resident is working with Project Bread to help serve meals and organize the non-profit’s annual Walk for Hunger.
Jarrod Gould, of Charlestown, is one of the organization’s 13 campaign associates helping to organize the 40,000 walkers who participate in the annual fund-raiser.
Project Bread, a statewide anti-hunger organization that provides sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food, supports community-based meal programs, early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, and improved access to farm-to-table resources, among other initiatives to eradicate hunger.
Its Walk for Hunger, a 20-mile trek through several Greater Boston neighborhoods, raised $3.6 million last year. The walk is the oldest continual pledge walk in the country as it enters its 45th year.
Gould has also helped serve meals at the Pine Street Inn. The South End shelter is one of 430 community organizations funded by the Walk for Hunger.
“The time spent in the kitchen allowed me to see the front-line perspective of hunger,” Gould said. “It gave me a hands-on understanding of what it takes to feed so many people.”
According to Project Bread's 2012 Status Report on Hunger, more than 750,000 people in Massachusetts are struggling to put food on the table. That’s the highest number recorded in the state since the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting such data in 1995, according to the organization.
This year’s Walk for Hunger is scheduled for Sunday, May 5.
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