...and they walked (Walk for Hunger 2012)

posted May 9, 2012, 9:30 AM by Todd Randolph   [ updated May 9, 2012, 9:31 AM by in apropos ]
2012 Walk for Hunger participants from Grace
At 12.15 PM last Sunday, our Walk for Hunger participants arrived at Grace Church, looking none the worse for wear, with some of the teenagers disappointed that they could not complete the walk!  They were welcomed with a brief informal Communion, and hamburgers, hot dogs, veggies and cup cakes, which they wolfed down.  Our youth walkers were Ellen Downs, Jonah Yannis, Dylan and Caroline Crook, and Zoe White, accompanied by Jennifer Reed, Bill Bonaventura, Sarah Bonaventura, Margaret Crook, and David Barbrow, who masterminded the whole event.  I also want to thank those who stepped in to help me cook when it turned out that the walkers were almost on our doorstep, particularly Mary Sweezy and JoEllen Yannis, and also Andrea Lyman's nephew Max, who, having just graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, was kind enough to make short work of chopping our veggies!   

Although I set out on my journey intending to take the Pike, I headed down Center Street on autopilot, and found, as I'm sure many of you did, that driving as not easy.  But then I realized that each of the people flooding the pavements and overflowing onto the street had made the decision to join, or form, a walking team, to bug their friends about sponsoring them, and to get up early on a Sunday morning and walk for miles, to make the statement that having enough to eat is a basic human right.

The Project Bread website tells us that 43,000 people participated on Sunday, including 1,000 religious organizations, 1,200 school teams and 1,200 corporate teams.  A rough total of $3.6 million was raised, and this money will be granted to over 450 organizations throughout the state that provide food related programs.  We are all proud that Grace Church was represented at this enormously important event.  Our team walked 7 miles, and we have parish pledges of around $350.  Please be sure to hand in your pledge and check off your name on the new, neatly typed pledge sheet in the office.

But it doesn't stop there!  This Sunday, Mother's Day, come buy baked goodies made by the teens to raise funds for a micro loan during Coffee Hour after church.  They will be choosing and announcing a loan recipient this Sunday.  If you're planning a Mother's Day gathering, leave the baking to us!