Social Work Team Walks to Stop Hunger

For the fourth year, a team from the School of Social Work gathered at The Hartford to participate in the Foodshare 26th Annual Walk Against Hunger held on Sunday, May 3, 2009. Foodshare’s Walk Against Hunger is the largest fundraising event in Connecticut to benefit local families and children in need of food. This year, close to 400 anti-hunger agencies – food pantries, community kitchens, shelters, etc. – will rely on Foodshare to provide for our hungry friends and neighbors.

Activities included music, prizes, and fun but most importantly, it was about the fight to stop hunger!

The School’s Team Leader was Eileen Boisseau who has been involved in raising funds for Foodshare for several years.  The School’s faculty, staff and students raised more than $2000 in donations! Eileen, commenting on this year’s success, said, “I want to express my heartfelt thanks to our UConn SSW Team walkers, as well as to our donors for their generosity in helping to end hunger in our communities, especially in an economic climate where we’re all feeling the pinch.  Also, an honorable mention to a team member, Pam Harrison, who has been a team member and walker every year with me but was unable to make it to this year’s Walk Against Hunger.

“I am inspired by Eileen’s commitment to service and grateful for her leadership of this effort, says Dean Raheim.  It was my pleasure to be a member of this team.”

The Walk engages a wide variety of individuals and organizations from area communities. Despite a cool rain that started about the time people were arriving at The Hartford for the Walk Against Hunger, about 3,000 people came and walked!  By the end of the day, $439,000 was raised!

HUNGER is a serious problem in our communities (facts from Walk for Hunger Brochure):

  • Over 100,000 people, including 40,000 children,are in need of emergency food assistance in greater Hartford each year.
  • Foodshare distributes more than 15 tons of donated food per day to nearly 400 local programs that serve hungry individuals and families in Hartford and Tolland counties.
  • For every $30 donated, Foodshare can provide enough food for one person for a month.

Funds donated to the Walk help Foodshare help its partner agencies feed the  hungry people in greater Hartford.

More about Foodshare.