14th Annual March Out Hunger

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10 year old Andrew Reyneso is just one of the dozens of local kids lending a helping hand, pushing carts full of food, to help serve others less fortunate than they are.

The fifth grader said, “To celebrate the march of hunger station we are marching down carts down to this place over here for kids that are in need.”

The ‘place over here’ is the Catholic Charities Samaritan center and officials said the number of those in need are startlingly high for this early in the season.

Lindsay Winters, Director of Development for Catholic Charities said, “We are serving between 50 and 60 households every single day so that number is already up, it’s a number we normally see more towards the holiday season so the fact that were already serving it is a little distressing.”

All of the food collected will be distributed to families in Cheumng County. Due to fund cuts and fewer donations this year, Catholic Charities and Meals on Wheels representatives say the march is more important than ever.

Executive Director for Meals on Wheels, Darlene Ike said, “There is no extra money for blizzard bags and all the food that we are receiving from this march will prepare blizzard bags for those seniors that would not receive meals if we can’t deliver the weather during the winter weather.”

The organizer of the march says she’s watched the event grow in size along side the growing need of the hungry over the past decade.

Marianne Kalec, March Organizer said, “The need has really grown and it’s sad to see that so many people are in need of food to make it through their daily life.”

With so much need it’s uplifting to see just how far of a reach these little marchers can make, one step at a time.

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