We could not do our work without the support of our diverse community, including Walkers, donors, public policy makers, teachers, and Volunteers.
After a lifetime in the workforce, Fitchburg resident Susan was looking forward to retiring. She had carefully planned for her future before deciding to retire, budgeting for her life on a fixed income. Heartbreakingly, Susan’s daughter lost her battle with cancer and placed her two grandchildren, ages 10 and 12, into Susan’s primary care. "I didn’t know where to turn. I was just looking for anything that could help," Susan says. "I love my grandkids but I felt like I couldn’t do enough with the limited income I receive."
When Donna Yaffe was young, she and her brother went to a local coffee shop with their father, Monte. When they saw a man outside asking for money, Monte brought him inside, bought him coffee and sat and talked with him for hours, listening to his story.
Through the Walk for Hunger, companies big and small around the state have made ending hunger part of their business. This year, Bay State Milling, Checkpoint 2 sponsor of the 49th Walk, is celebrating its 10th year both as a Walk Sponsor and as an employee Walk Team.
Audrey Giuliano of North Reading, MA, clearly remembers her first Walk for Hunger. Intrigued by Project Bread’s mission to reduce hunger within Massachusetts, Audrey joined her granddaughter, Nicole, in 1999 for her first walk.
Anita Hagspiel of Northborough, MA was raised in a household where she was taught to waste-not, want-not. For her mother, growing up on a farm meant money was tight, and the family often had to choose between necessities. She instilled a deep caring and respect for people who don't have enough food, in her daughter, Anita. Her mother would serve her a delicious home-cooked meal and insist she would clean her plate, that there were other people who were going without. This sentiment resonated with Anita throughout her life and first led her to participate in the Walk for Hunger in 1986.
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