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Leominster United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Walk for Hunger

Date: Sunday, May 06, 2018
Time: -
Location: Boston

Support the Ruth's Harvesters Team in the 50th Annual Walk for Hunger.

 

Did you know that hunger continues to be very real in Massachusetts?

 

·         In 2017, the food insecurity rate in Massachusetts is 27% higher than it was 10 years ago.

·         10.3% of Massachusetts households—approximately 726,000 adults and children—are food insecure; 1 in 7 children is food insecure. This is approximately 187,290 children who do not always have enough food to eat.

 

LUMC works to fight hunger by operating Ruth’s Harvest Pantry, providing nutritious food to needy, local families free of charge. Support comes from organizations like the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) and Project Bread.

·         In 2017 WCFB distributed food through 120 partner agencies (like Ruth’s Pantry) serving more than 82,000 people, including 27,500 children and 10,300 seniors

·         In 2017, Project Bread invested in more than 260 community food programs in more than 90 Massachusetts communities—including food pantries, community meal programs, food vouchers at health centers, summer meals for kids, subsidized CSA shares, community farm and gardens, and food rescue programs. These programs address hunger on both the individual and systemic level.

·         Since 1969 Project Bread has held an annual Walk for Hunger; this is the 50th year of the walk.

LUMC members participated in previous walks and again have a team, Ruth’s Harvesters, walking to raise money for this worthy cause. This year’s 20-mile walk will be held Sunday, May 6 starting from Boston Common at 8 AM, working its way through the surrounding communities before returning to the Common.

How can you help?

·         Sign up on-line to walk as a Ruth’s Harvester

·        Sponsor the team or an individual walker with a tax deductible donation to Project Bread

·         Donate to Project Bread directly at any time

·         Pray for the Ruth’s Harvesters and for a safe, successful walk for all involved

For more information, to register as a walker, to sponsor a walker/team, or to donate to Project Bread

·         Go to: http://www.projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger/

·         Speak to one of the walkers

The Project Bread walk is well organized to assist the walkers. The route will be well marked and supervised to ensure our safety. There will be regular water stops and a free bag lunch at the halfway point. Although the walk is 20 miles long, if walkers need to stop early there will be first aid stations and pick-up points for a bus ride back to Boston Common where they can make their way home. Being part of the Ruth Harvesters team will provide encouragement, security, and added safety.

If you are unsure how to donate there are several ways that may make it easier.

·         You can go on-line to the Project Bread web address printed above to make a credit card donation and identify that you are supporting the Ruth’s Harvester team.

·         You can write a check, contribute online or donate cash through LUMC. You can put them in the offering plate or drop them off at the church office during the week. After the walk, the office will send a check to Project Bread on behalf of Ruth’s Harvesters for the total of donations they receive. If you donate by check please write it out to the church and indicate Project Bread in the memo line. Please put offering plate donations in a clearly-marked envelope so we know what you want done. Remember that all donations are tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Please help us support this worthy cause with your feet, your wallet, and your prayers. If you have any questions, please ask Fred Longenecker or one of the walkers. Thank you and stay tuned for more information. 

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