Chicago Food Depository 29th Annual Hunger Walk

23 Jun

The first day of Summer June 21st 2014 was the day that people from all across Chicagoland gathered together at Soldier Field to walk for one cause; Ending hunger in Chicago.

It wasn’t the ideal first day of Summer as far as the weather was concerned, but the misty rain was the perfect kiss of moisture for the walk, especially since as soon as the event ended the rain began. As if it was being held back for the walk. I loved how the weather contributed to this being a memorable event for an important cause.

This was my second time participating in the Hunger Walk and my son’s first. We had to be on time. To be scanned in for registration, to get a feel of the atmosphere and to participate in activities before the walk started.

I’ve been involved in volunteer events with him that assists those in homeless shelters and at food pantries. So it was important that he knew why he was there and that he connected to the cause for himself, as well as had a good time at the activities they had for the kids.

There was music,  facepainting & a balloon man. With special appearances by children’s characters Ronald McDonald & Elmo.
In Chicago Food Depository fashion, breakfast was served before the first step off of the walk. It was a 3.2 mile walk. Starting at Soldier Field, and going through the McCormick Place and around the Lakefront at around 31st street.

There were water stations and cheerleaders throughout the walk encouraging the Hunger Walk participants.  Each step counted towards the goal of helping to feed someone. The turnout of the walk was great as well as a good, enjoyable time. We were glad to have been participants in the 29th Annual Hunger Walk event and we’re looking forward to the next one!

If you’re interested in finding out more about The Chicago Food Depository, The Hunger Walk,  volunteering and donations visit their website at: 

http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org

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