Fourth annual Walk to End Hunger
Nearly 100 people gathered at Apponagansett Park on Sunday, May 7 to Walk to End Hunger.
The fourth annual walk, which began at 9 a.m., is a local version of the larger event which saw its 55th annual walk happen on the same day in Boston.
The Dartmouth branch of the event is organized through the South Coast YMCA, who work with Sharing the Harvest Community Farm in Dartmouth, to provide fresh food to where it is needed most.
The organizations work together to provide agricultural education and alleviate hunger. Walk to End Hunger has a similar goal: To raise money and awareness for food insecurity in the community.
The event also supports Project Bread which works to combat food injustice in Massachusetts.
Lisa Rahn, Community Outreach Director for South Coast YMCA, kicked off the walk reminding walkers of this mission.
“My passion is nutrition security. I think you all will agree with me, that it is an absolute travesty that in a country with the resources we have, that one in three of our neighbors don’t always know where their next meal is coming from,” she said.
The walk followed a three-mile route through scenic South Dartmouth, but most people participated for the cause.
“It’s the walk as well, but probably more [about] giving back to the community,” said Jim Tooley. Jim and his wife Nancy Tooley came to “support Sharing the Harvest Project and to support the community for people who have less than we do. We want to help others.”
Sharing the Harvest Community Farm and other YMCA nutrition security programs rely on volunteer participation. To sign up or learn more, visit ymcasouthcoast.org/volunteer.