Walk for Hunger
The United Parish has a 30+ year tradition of joining Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, a fundraising and community planning organization for more than 400 hunger programs across Massachusetts.
This organization assists the 9.6% of Massachusetts families that deal with some level of food insecurity. Project Bread funds Chefs in Schools to improve the nutrition of school lunches, a user-friendly website to help people sign up for Food Stamps, a food source hotline (800-645-8333), and food programs such as the Brookline Food Pantry.
"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15)
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In honor of the Walk for Hunger, we will have a Sacred Stroll on Saturday, May 1 at the Arnold Arboretum! Since the Walk for Hunger is virtual this year, this is an opportunity to walk in a small group and worship together, focusing on sharing and justice for people experiencing hunger, food insecurity, and poverty.
We will meet at the Arborway Gate, near the Hunnewell Visitor Center (https://goo.gl/maps/fHYzJ9zcFTmkn9FR6). It is on Arborway/Route 203. There is parking along the Arborway right after passing the gate; it is recommended that you arrive early to park. (See also this map of the arboretum: https://arboretum.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/basic-map-bw.pdf.)
The time is still to-be-determined, so check your email for an additional announcement very soon!
To join the United Parish Walk for Hunger team that is raising money to alleviate food insecurity and hunger through Project Bread, or to donate through our team, visit http://support.projectbread.org/goto/unitedparish. The Sacred Stroll is open to all, whether or not you “join the team” or donate!
The Sacred Stroll will be about 2.5 miles on primarily paved paths. Bring your mask, water, sunscreen/hat, bug spray, journal/Bible/pen if you desire, and hopefully a friend. We will be socially distanced and masked. Children and youth should be accompanied by parents or guardians. Dogs are welcome in the arboretum, as long as they are leashed! There are port-a-potties and hand sanitizer on-site, though the Visitor Center is closed.
Let us know if you’re interested in walking together! Please RSVP to Katharine at email@example.com by 9am on Saturday, May 1. You can also contact Katharine with questions or concerns. We hope to see you there!
United Parish has faithfully supported the annual Walk for Hunger, reaching beyond Brookline to fund hunger programs throughout Massachusetts. This year, we are still in the pandemic and the Walk will be virtual, taking contributions through this United Parish Team web page or via check made out to “Project Bread” and sent to the Church Office (210 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446). The Missions Giving Team is again challenging us to raise $5,000 to be matched with mission funds.
We are proud to have been one of the top fundraising teams last year, raising $13,650. We need to let our neighbors who are in the midst of economic difficulty know that we have not forgotten them and we stand with them.
The Walk’s parent organization, Project Bread, supports food pantries and meal programs, helps organize new programs, runs the Food Source Hotline 800-645-8333, studies hunger needs, and organizes advocates to improve food accessibility.
A contribution through this link is the quickest way to participate. But for those who will miss the exercise and fellowship of the Walk, you can also join a United Parish Sacred Stroll in the Walk’s honor on Saturday, May 1. Click here for further information.
You can also invent your own “Walk” activity: register as a United Parish Team member (for free) and write the description of your own (or your group’s) challenge, inviting others to click on your name on our Team page, then contribute to the Walk under your name. You can notify your friends by creating an email/Facebook/Instagram/Twitter link direct to your team member page.
Last year, United Parish high school student Melanie C. created a substitute “Walk” activity and impressed her friends with a video of her challenge to keep a soccer ball in the air for 200 kicks. She raised $1,000! Melanie suggests United Parish families, Sunday School class, or other group register a member and work on a challenge together. Your goal could be a total number of steps on your phone pedometer in April, a bike ride, photo(s) or poster(s) about healthy eating, etc. Post your idea in our Realm church directory news feed for the congregation to see. We know this church can get creative. Your community thanks you!
Contact: Beverly B. at firstname.lastname@example.org.