4th Annual Walk Off Hunger set for July 30, 2011by mmcnamara
Food Bank fundraiser to hit the streets in Williamsville
Western New Yorkers will once again walk the walk to help feed their neighbors. The 4th annual Walk Off Hunger, the community-wide walk-a-thon to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York, will be held Saturday, July 30, 2011 in Williamsville.
In just three years, Walk Off Hunger has raised enough money to provide more than 600,000 meals for Western New Yorkers. The Food Bank hopes to make this year's walk the biggest ever.
"Unfortunately the need for our assistance is greater than ever," says Marylou Borowiak, President and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY. "People who join in Walk Off Hunger help thousands of Western New Yorkers who can't afford to feed their families. It's a way to help a good cause and have a good time in the process."
Walk Off Hunger is a family-friendly stroll less than two miles long. It begins and ends on the grounds of Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, near North Forest. Check-in begins at 5:00 pm and the walk begins at 6:00 pm. The walk will be followed by Summerfest, which will also benefit the Food Bank.
Changes this year include a new sliding registration fee scale giving couples and families a discount, gift cards will be awarded to walkers with more than $500 in pledges, prizes will be awarded to the walkers with the most pledges, and all walkers will be eligible for a raffle of prizes.
More information and online registration are available at the Food Bank's website, www.foodbankwny.org. Registration forms can also be picked up at Temple Beth Am.
Sponsorships for Walk Off Hunger are still available. For more information, contact Mike Billoni at the Food Bank, 852-1305.
About the Food Bank of WNY
Founded in 1979, the Food Bank of Western New York serves nearly 100,000 residents in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties through 400 member agencies. 39,000 of whom they serve are children. The Food Bank has been helping individuals in need by acting as a bridge between available food sources and agencies servicing them.