And Whither the Walk for Hunger?
At one time, the Walk for Hunger was among a very few “pledged-walks” in the Commonwealth. Now it seems that there is a worthy cause almost every week, with its walk, its run, its sprint, its bicycle race. the times have changes, so has the Walk for Hunger.
Dear Companions on the Journey,
You never know how some things are going to turn out…
But how things turned out, as I began this column? , funding for the Wednesday Night Supper Club, begun about fifty-two years ago, required energy and imagination. For from the funding of the Wednesday Supper Club emerged the Greater Boston Walk for Hunger…
In its early years, begun by Paulists Pat Hughes and Floyd McManus, the Walk for Hunger was twenty-six miles long. it dropped to a “more reasonable” twenty miles, as it grew to be the largest single one day pledged-walk in the United States. the suburbs joined in, it became the Greater Boston Walk for Hunger. The Paulist Center offices could no longer contain its business end, so they moved to the Congregational Building at 14 Beacon Street and changed its name: Project Bread, one of whose programs was Greater Boston Walk for Hunger. who feed the hungry inevitably ask, But why are they hungry? So Project Bread expanded its vision, and therefore its programs, to include working for Food Banks, better nutrition education programs, lobbying the Massachusetts legislature, and national advocacy.
Today the Greater Boston Walk for Hunger funds more than 250 agencies across a wide spectrum of hunger-related issues. the times have changed. At one time, the Walk for Hunger was among a very few “pledged-walks” in the Commonwealth. Now it seems that there is a worthy cause almost every week, with its walk, its run, its sprint, its bicycle race. the times have changes, so has the Walk for Hunger.
But the Walk for Hunger is still Project Bread’s premier funding event for hundreds of programs. while the Walk has long outgrown its Paulist Center roots, it still cherishes its humble but bold beginnings with the Wednesday Night Supper Club.
Please consider walking with them this year (always the First Sunday in May). will be an eager, youthful Paulist Center contingent this year.
Sad to say, the Walk for Hunger is more relevant than ever.
What do you think?
And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center