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Claire Richardson

  1. 2019 will be my 4th Walk Against Hunger
  2. Why do you Walk? Why do you feel that the issue of hunger in PA is so important?
    I think that people aren’t aware of how many hungry people there are here in Philly. I think it gets underestimated or people assume that there are a lot of organizations dealing with hunger. You know, they think “oh well that’s all taken care of” and I Walk because I know that not to be true.
     
  3. Who do you Walk with?
    Family and friends. My friends usually meet me there. I brought my son and daughter the first two years. Actually year before last, my daughter got a group of her friends from Drexel to come. I asked her to do it again this year.
     
  4. Why do you think it’s important for other people to Walk and fundraise?
    Because you don’t know when or if this could ever happen to you. We all found that out through the last government shutdown. People who never considered they’d be on food stamps or who never thought about being hungry were all of a sudden trying to figure out where their next meal was going to come from. This affects everybody, regardless of whether you think it does or not.
     
  5. What do you think it means to the pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations to be able to fundraise through the Walk?
    I think it’s great for them. You know, we all have one common goal- to end hunger. Those pantries and soup kitchens can use that money any way they want. One of the pantries needed a walk-in freezer because their freezer died and they raised the money for a new one at the Walk. Without a freezer, they would have been in serious trouble. They serve a lot of folks every single day and need to be able to store food. It’s all part of this common goal. The pantries and soup kitchens that benefit from the Walk are a God-send. A lot of people just think about donating food, but never about those external operational costs. The Walk helps them have money for stuff as simple as keeping the lights on or having enough gas to cook a hot meal for clients.
     
  6. What do you love most about the Walk?
    Well, I like the fact that it’s now at the Linc. Swoop is there and I think the kids love that. I think we were able to get a few more vendors because of the location, too- pretzels, hot dogs, coffee. Things like that are important. It creates a family-friendly and happy atmosphere