In just five years, the Walk to End Hunger has become a Thanksgiving morning tradition. During those same years hungry Minnesota families have had to depend more on the generosity of others to supplement their nutritional needs.
The Walk to End Hunger has evolved as an exemplary collaboration among nonprofit organizations that share the mission not just to provide nutritious food but to end hunger. Some walkers get going before dawn, lace up their walking shoes, and meet at the MOA at 7:00 a.m. Others join the marathoners at their own pace – the walk continues till 10:00 a.m. Each walker or team is backed by a host of sponsors, friends and family who pledge to support the walker, the walker’s preferred nonprofit organization, and the imperative to end hunger.
In order to tilt the age distribution of the walking throng I have signed up to walk in support of Neighbors, Inc. For the past months I have volunteered at Neighbors where I have come to know, respect and truly admire the organization that is now in its fortieth year serving Northern Dakota County residents who are in need of food, clothing, transportation and other support.
The idea of “giving back before giving thanks” inspires to me to think about those who will not be sitting down to a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast – even more, it makes me reflect on the difficult truth that we need a concerted effort to effect systemic change. Ours is a nation in which wasted food and hungry families are separated not by geography but by the collaborative joining of forces that the Walk typifies.
This is the ultimate family-friendly event. There will be rides and other activities for young folks while some of the MOA shops will be open. Walkers will have given it their all by 9:00 which leaves plenty of time to get home to baste the turkey, to head out to Grandma’s, or to see how the TC’s chef de jour tempts the Minnesota palate.
If you are touched by the need, inspired by the collaborative approach, seized by the challenge to end hunger, or just amazed that this Little Old Lady has the temerity to think she can keep pace, please consider sponsoring me with a contribution earmarked for Neighbors, Inc. If you’re my vintage you can hum “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as you sign the check or try to read the numbers of your credit card.
ü To learn more about the Walk to End Hunger, click here. To sign up as a sponsor check on “Visitor” then “Sponsor Participant.”
ü To learn more about Neighbors, Inc. – click here.
ü To hear a hard-sell personal pitch, call or email me. 612 781 4234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your commitment to end hunger. We hope this walk will set the pace for what must to a sustained collaborative effort.
Help others first. Then help yourself to seconds.