The Haverhill Gazette
---- — Walk for Hunger deserves local people’s support
To the Editor:
On Sunday, May 5, Project Bread will celebrate its 45th annual Walk for Hunger. The 20-mile route begins on the Boston Common and goes through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Cambridge on its way back to the finish at Boston Common.
Today in Massachusetts, one-eighth of our households struggle daily to put food on the table, a number that has increased by 43 percent since 2008. At Community Action, many of the people we see seeking food assistance are working, but their wages are too low to cover all of their housing and food expenses. As the crisis continues, more and more families turn to Community Action, Inc. for assistance. Project Bread has helped us provide nourishing food for these families, while its many other programs address long-term solutions to help people climb out of poverty and away from hunger.
Please consider walking, donating, organizing a Walk Team or becoming a volunteer. Every dollar, every mile and every volunteer will help. All proceeds from the walk stay in our communities.
For more information, visit www.projectbread.org or call Project Bread at 617-723-5000. If you can’t be there this year, please support someone who can be part of the walk with a donation. Please help us alleviate the problem facing many of our neighbors today — hunger.
In the current economic crisis, this year’s walk is most important. As an associate director at Community Action, I can truthfully state that we witness the human cost of the economic crisis every day — families who are newly unemployed, families who are losing their homes and apartments, children who are eating two meals a day and senior citizens who are giving up food to pay for medicine. I urge all of the residents in the Community Action service area of Greater Haverhill, Amesbury and Newburyport to join this important event which helps area families who struggle to put food on their table.
Associate Director, Community Action, Inc.