My First Walk for Hunger

On Sunday May 1st over 40,000 people poured onto Boston Common to start the 20-mile Walk for Hunger. For the first time, I was one of them.  It was a sparkling sunny day, cool and breezy. Musicians played along the way, and volunteers cheered us on at each intersection. Sponsors donated food for a snack stop at mile 11.5, and half a cheese sandwich has never tasted so good or been swallowed so fast. I walked with a team from my church, and part of the fun was getting to know them better during the hours we walked together.  Mostly though, I enjoyed the sense of being part of this huge crowd, in all our diversity, coming together with a single goal. All together, we raised over $3.5 million to fund 448 emergency food programs in Massachusetts. It was an amazing experience, and while it may have been my first Walk, it won’t be my last!