Newton Named 2nd Most Generous City in Massachusetts
Residents Continue to Nourish Food Programs through The Walk for Hunger
(Boston, MA – April 6, 2012) Newton was once again named one of the top ten “most generous cities” by Project Bread, the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, for its contribution of 661 Walkers and over $130,000 to fight hunger through the 2011 Walk for Hunger. The total raised by 40,000 Walkers was $3.6 million with funds distributed throughout the state.
The money raised through The Walk for Hunger allows Project Bread to fund hunger relief and prevention through 450 emergency programs, schools, community health centers, farmers’ markets, community suppers, home care organizations, and other programs including the Hellenic Gospel Church and Newton Food Pantry. Last year alone, Project Bread was able to provide 65.2 million meals to hungry people.
Bob Berardino from Newton has raised nearly $9,000 in his many years as a participant in the Walk for Hunger. He is proud to be a Heart & Sole Walker, meaning he is someone who raises more than $500 each Walk. “I first started participating in the Walk in 1975 and have done this every year. My fondest memories were walking with families of close friends from the Paulist Center in Boston, where the Walk was started and nurtured. Many of these friends and their children continue their activities as marshals or volunteers at the walking stations. It's fun to see them along Beacon and Centre Street.” For anyone who is planning to participate in The Walk for Hunger as a first-timer, Mr. Berardino can offer some guidance: “don't worry about the 20 miles - you'll do just fine. And that’s advice from a 63 year old Walk for Hunger veteran!”
This year, Project Bread hopes to raise even more funds at the 44th Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 6th. “The need is greater than ever and this year, every dollar, every mile, and every volunteer hour counts,” says Ellen Parker, Executive Director of Project Bread. “We urge our Walkers to understand that no contribution is too small. The magic of the Walk is that each and every contribution adds up to a significant amount of help for people struggling throughout the year ahead.”
Other cities and towns that placed on the top ten Walk most generous list, in rank order: 1) Boston, 2) Newton, 3) Cambridge, 4) Brookline, 5) Somerville, 6) Arlington, 7) Wellesley, 8) Belmont, 9) Watertown and 10) Quincy.
There’s still time to register and donate to The Walk for Hunger, visit www.projectbread.org/walk, or call 617-723-5000.
About Project Bread
As the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. Through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year in privately donated funds to over 400 emergency food programs in 135 communities statewide. Project Bread also advocates systemic solutions that provide food for families in natural, everyday settings, such as schools, after-school programs, summer programs, community health centers, hospitals, and home care organizations. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org.