Hunger Walk raises money for Chicago Food Depository
June 29, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- In a huge effort to help end hunger in the Chicagoland community, the Greater Chicago Food Depository held 28th annual Hunger Walk Saturday at Soldier Field with an estimated 15,000 participants.
It's a need so great. The number of people served is staggering.
Close to 900,000 people living in Cook County alone have no idea where their next meal will come from.
"The face of hunger is changing," said Kate Maehr, executive director, Chicago Food Depository. "First of all, and increasingly, it is the face of someone who has a job, somebody who has a house and it's often the face of a child."
So those wanting to make a change, walk.
"It's really sad in this day and time, so anything I can do to help, I'm out here," said Vanessa Rodgers.
They walk over three miles to help a cause affecting every community. Tens of thousands came to solider field Saturday morning to support and raise funds.
The hunger walk is the largest of its kind in the Midwest.
ABC 7 Chicago anchor Hosea Sanders helped kick things off, as ABC 7 Chicago is just one of the proud sponsors of this event helping reach a big goal.
"It's important for all of us to show (Saturday) and support our brothers and sisters in Chicago. It should not happen in Chicago, it should not happen in America, it should not happen anywhere in the world," said J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, McDonalds Corporation.
And many others just want to be a part of an event striving to end hunger.
"There is so many people out here hungry that need food," said walker Vel Harrington. "I'm out here to walk for the people."
The food depository served 64 million pounds of food in Cook County.
Also Saturday, the mayor's office announced the successful transformation of the food assistance program.
Emergency food is now available for those who need it at 77 food pantries across the city.
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