- How long have you been participating in the Walk?
Before I even came to The Coalition, actually. I was working at WIC and I Walked with them to raise funds for their programs. Through them, I’ve been participating in the Walk since around 1998.
- Why do you Walk?
What about hunger in PA is so important to you? Hunger is extremely important to me because I’m a really big proponent of good nutrition. My background is in public health and nutrition, so I just feel that you can’t ask people to eat healthy if they don’t even have access to healthy foods. It’s also, when you get down to it, a social justice issue. Healthy food is a basic human right that we should all have access to. It’s an important thing for us all to look at and focus on, which I think the Walk does.
- Why do you think it’s important for other people to Walk and fundraise?
Well, soup kitchens and food pantries that fundraise though the Walk use that money for day-to-day operations. They don’t necessarily getting funding for everything they need from other places. You have to put a lot of effort and work into raising money, but the Walk is set up for those pantries as a resource for them to raise funds for anything they need to run their programs.
Pantries need a lot more than just food. Sometimes they need a new refrigerator or freezer and if your freezer goes down it means you might not be able to serve your clients as well. It’s important for us to be able to give them the opportunity to have the resources they need to feed their communities.
- What are you most looking forward to about this upcoming Walk?
Just seeing a lot of familiar faces and meeting new people who are joining the Walk and raising funds for a great cause- a worthy cause.
- Are there any stories or memories from past Walks you’d like to share?
Well it’s interesting. We were really concerned a few years ago when we moved the Walk from the Art Museum to Lincoln Financial Field. We’d been at the Art Museum since the Walk began, since the first Walk. But for various reasons, namely parking, we had to leave. It was a little scary for us, you know change is always hard, but in the end it turned out to be great! Of course, we always loved how beautiful it was to Walk at the Art Museum in April with all the cherry blossoms and everything, but what I think we all realized was that it’s not about the location. It’s about the people involved and their excitement. It doesn’t matter where the Walk is, what makes it a great event is the people involved.
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