One Mattapan resident is preparing to lace up her walking shoes to help end hunger in Massachusetts.
Gabrielle Farrell, a staff member for Project Bread, is raising money for the 45th Walk for Hunger set for May 5. She will be walking with the Heart & Sole Circle team, whose members strive to raise a minimum of $500 each walk.
“I was born and raised here, and had no idea that there were 750,000 people who are food insecure in Massachusetts,” Farrell said in a statement. “It’s so disheartening. I can’t sit on the sidelines, watch it happen, and do nothing.”
In the past, more than 40,000 people have taken part in the 20-mile pledge walk that winds through Greater Boston and raises funds for Project Bread.
Project Bread is the state’s leading anti-hunger association. Through its Walk For Hunger millions of dollars are raised each year to support 430 community food programs in 125 communities statewide, according to its website.
“Our staff work very hard because they believe in our mission,” Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread, said in a statement. “But they also fundraise on their free time and this makes their commitment exceptional.”
To find out more about Project Bread and its walk, click here.