From Bob Walsh, St. Vincent De Paul.
St. Vincent de Paul is now recruiting teams in the Greater Middletown area to participate in the 2014 Foodshare Walk Against Hunger in Hartford on May 4th. St. Vincent de Paul and its Amazing Grace Food Pantry are a benefitting agency for this year’s 31st anniversary walk. Money raised by Middletown teams will help feed hungry people in our community.
We hope to have an even larger turnout from the Greater Middletown area than we had in 2013 when we had 300 Walkers who raised over $46,000. Become a Team Captain and form a team-- ask your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to walk with you to raise money for a wonderful cause, or join an established team. If you can’t walk, sponsor someone who is walking or become a virtual walker.
The 2.5 mile walk begins and ends at Hartbeat Park, adjacent to The Hartford’s main campus, and takes walkers around Bushnell Park. Two stops along the route provide water and restrooms. St.Vincent de Paul will give all walkers a free T-shirt. Foodshare also is offering recognition prizes for funds raised. Free event parking is provided at The Hartford insurance lot at 690 Asylum Avenue. Walkers should arrive by 1 pm on May 4th for registration and entertainment. The walk steps off, rain or shine, at 2 pm.
Amazing Grace Food Pantry is a program of St. Vincent de Paul, Middletown. Local families in need can shop once a month and receive approximately three days’ worth of groceries free of charge. Family size determines the quantity of food allotted at each visit. Amazing Grace currently serves about 1000 individuals and families each month and distributes over 360,000 food items each year. In 2013, Amazing Grace and the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen together provided approximately 1000 meals a day to residents in our local area.
The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is the largest walk in the state to fight hunger. It drew 4,000 walkers and raised over $630,000 from all across Connecticut last year. Through Foodshare’s management, local community partners like St. Vincent de Paul Middletown can participate in the walk and raise funds for their local programs.
To learn more about the Walk Against Hunger, go to www.foodshare.org and click on “Join the Walk.” Be sure to check the box for St. Vincent de Paul Middletown as the benefiting program in your registration to ensure the money you raise stays in the Middletown community.
If you have any questions or would like help with the registration process, please contact the Volunteer Walk Co-Coordinator Bob Walsh at 860-463-5061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.