The following was submitted by Project Bread:
Somerville was once again named a “most generous city” by Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, for its contribution of nearly $63,000 and 414 walkers to the 2012 Walk for Hunger. The total raised by 41,000 Walkers last year was $3.6 million.
The funds raised through The Walk for Hunger allow Project Bread to provide people with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food, because the opposite of hungry is not simply full, but healthy. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table and local food resources, Project Bread funds more than 430 community food programs throughout Massachusetts.
The Walk for Hunger is a community event that brings people together to inspire and support one another. “One of my friends asked me to go the first year, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” says Monica Fernandes, a Somerville resident. “I’ve gone with different people different years, but it’s a fun way to catch up with friends. Twenty miles is a nice long talk.”
As a Heart & Sole Walker, Fernandes has participated in 11 Walks, and has raised over $5,662 during that time. A Heart & Sole Walker raises more than $500 each Walk, and collectively, they contributed over $1.5 million of the $3.6 million raised at The Walk for Hunger in 2012. She shares how she raised so much: “Send follow up e-mails with a countdown to Walk day.”
This year, Project Bread hopes to raise even more funds at the 45th Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 5. “We can end hunger in Massachusetts, and we are working actively toward that goal,” says Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “Everyone who takes part in our efforts—through walking, donating, or volunteering—helps us do that much more.”
The cities and towns that placed on the top ten most generous list are, in rank order: 1) Boston, 2) Newton, 3) Cambridge, 4) Brookline, 5) Wellesley, 6) Somerville, 7) Arlington, 8) Belmont, 9) Quincy, and 10) Medford.
Registration is now open – you can walk, volunteer, and donate at www.projectbread.org/walk or call 617-723-5000.
About Project Bread
Project Bread is the only statewide antihunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in our state. The Walk’s flagship sponsor is Freihofer’s Baking Company; its participating sponsors include Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation and Raytheon Company. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/walkforhunger.