29 April 2010

Project Bread

This weekend is the annual Walk for Hunger hosted by Project Bread
Despite my left-leg woes, I have committed myself to doing a portion of the route with the Metropolis of Boston team. (The whole route is 20 miles!) I am VERY excited for the part I get to play in such a worthy cause! (and with such wonderful people!)

Having grown-up in a state with one of the highest rates of "food insecurity" (Missouri ranked #6 and Arkansas ranked #3 for highest percentage of food insecurity in the nation), I have seen, all too often, the faces of those who literally do not know where their next meal will come from. And despite all my qualms with school lunches, thank God the free and subsidized lunch program exists in these areas because for many of the kids I grew up with and who are growing up there now, it is the only solid meal they will have during the day. 
Although I am no longer in Arkansas or Missouri, I have no doubt those same children (and Adults!) can be found here in Boston as well. In as much, I want to do my part to help lessen the pain of hunger for those here in my own neighborhood. In fact, the money raised through The Walk for Hunger funds more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs in 135 communities across Massachusetts. So there is NO question that Project Bread is having a direct impact on the lives of my fellow New Englanders!

Click here to learn more about the mission of Project Bread or click here to help support the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston's Walk for Hunger Team!

In the mean time, here are a few fun facts about this weekend's walk:

Population:
40,000+ Walkers and 2,000+ Volunteers
Sites:
9 checkpoints
Police Dept:
100 police in 5 municipalities
Crossing Guards:
600 Stationary Marshals supervise route
Medical:
 9 First Aid stations, 7 ambulances on call, EMT and medical personal on bikes, and a Lost Persons tent
Convenience:
394 portable facilities
Water: 
10,000+ gallons of water at 10 water stations
Hot Spots: 
Performing groups and individual musicians at 12 entertainment stops along the route
Snack Stop:
30,000 snack bags
Telecommunications:
Cell phones, portable landlines, and 75 ham radio operators
Curfew: 
6:00 P.M
Transport: 
54 free shuttle buses
Public Works: 
400 hand-painted signs
Recycling/Trash:
32,000 recycling and trash receptacles
Public Servants:
More than 2,000 Volunteers
Public Health:
300 gallons of sunscreen!!!

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