July 3, 2012
by Mike Huffman

Mike Huffman works for the Feeding America communication department and has been part of the Feeding America family for just over a year now.

Over 800,000 people are facing hunger in Cook County, where I work and live. Last month I wondered, I'm already working at the nation's largest hunger relief charity but what can I do to benefit my county directly? The answer: I can walk.

The Feeding America network is built on the strength of local food banks, and here in Chicago that's the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Hunger Walk has been one of their premier fundraisers for the past 27 years, and this year on June 23, I was lucky enough to participate with several of my Feeding America coworkers.

We raised funds online, we got matching shirts, we showed up at Soldier Field on Saturday at an hour that I considered ungodly even for a weekday — but we weren't alone. When I arrived, thousands of walkers were already gathered around Soldier Field, enjoying refreshments donated by long-standing donors of the GCFD.

More people kept pouring into the meeting space and by the time we were ready to step off for the walk, we were just one team in a sea of people working together to help feed those facing hunger in Cook County. Turns out, it was a record-breaking crowd of more than 11,400 people!

You can see some more pictures on the GCFD Facebook page, along with updates of what GCFD is doing every day to help end hunger for those 800,000 people facing food insecurity. I've never felt so connected to the Feeding America network and the work we do in my own community as I did that day, and I'm looking forward to the walk next year!

Tags: Hunger in Your Community

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