This year marked the 40th anniversary of the annual Access Hunger Walk, hosted by Access of West Michigan. The purpose of the walk is to bring together the community and collaborate with food system organizations to raise funds for those struggling with food insecurity. This year’s walk brought together over 600 participants from the community, churches, local businesses, and community centers, like Baxter, and raised over $80,000.
The theme, Solidarity and Celebration, represented the amazing work that has been done promoting justice and equity over the last 40 years, while walking in solidarity for those who are still living in poverty. The Hunger Walk highlights organizations that are aimed to improve community organized equity, health and nutrition standards, and of course ending food insecurity in our neighborhoods.
This year, The Baxter Community Center had 25 walkers and 5 volunteers at event, and surpassed our fundraising goal with a grand total of $645 dollars raised! One of Baxter’s own, Tamra Mance, volunteered at the finish line at this year’s walk. It was her first year participating in the Hunger Walk, and decided to get involved to help raise money for Baxter’s food pantry
“ The turnout was amazing! It was so nice, and I’m already excited for next year!”
– Tamra Mance
As the Marketplace Coordinator at Baxter, the cause is near and dear to Tamra’s heart. The Marketplace provides food and clothes for those in immediate need, and it’s dedicated the people like Tamra, and the other walkers and volunteers on Baxter’s Hunger Walk team, that enable Baxter’s Marketplace to provide fresh produce and healthy options to those it serves.
Didn’t get to walk, but still want to make a difference? No Problem! The Hunger Walk is accepting donations through July 1st, 2017. You can help them reach their goal of raising $110,000 by clicking the link below.
For more information about Access of West Michigan, visit there website