The following was submitted by Project Bread:Medford has made it back onto the “most generous city” list by Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, for its contribution of over $33,000 to fight hunger through the 2012 Walk for Hunger. The total raised by 41,000 Walkers last year was $3.6 million. The funds raised through The Walk for Hunger allow Project Bread to provide people with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food, because the opposite of hungry is not simply full, but healthy. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table and local food resources, Project Bread funds more than 430 community food programs throughout Massachusetts. “I like the idea of being part of something big that has a big impact,” says Stephanie Silberstein of Medford. “I think that The Walk for Hunger is a great method for raising money for and spreading awareness about food insecurity in Massachusetts.” In 2012, it was Silberstein’s first Walk for Hunger, and as a Heart & Sole Walker she raised $1,215.50. A Heart & Sole Walker raises more than $500 each Walk, and collectively, they contributed over $1.5 million of the $3.6 million raised at The Walk for Hunger in 2012. To fundraise successfully Silberstein says, “Don’t be afraid to ask.” She suggests that Walkers send requests and include facts about the impact of the dollars made. For example, $25 provides a hot meal for 40 individuals at a supper program, and $75 subsidizes CSA (community supported agriculture) shares for 10 families for one week. This year, Project Bread hopes to raise even more funds at the 45th Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 5. “We can end hunger in Massachusetts, and we are working actively toward that goal,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “Everyone who takes part in our efforts—through walking, donating, or volunteering—helps us do that much more.” The cities and towns that placed on the top ten most generous list are, in rank order: 1) Boston, 2) Newton, 3) Cambridge, 4) Brookline, 5) Wellesley, 6) Somerville, 7) Arlington, 8) Belmont, 9) Quincy, and 10) Medford. Registration is now open – you can walk, volunteer, and donate at www.projectbread.org/walk or call 617-723-5000. About Project Bread
Project Bread is the only statewide antihunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in our state. The Walk’s flagship sponsor is Freihofer’s Baking Company; its participating sponsors include Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation and Raytheon Company. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/walkforhunger.