At least 12.5% of Western Massachusetts residents are living below the poverty line, and that number is growing.
For the second year in a row, WRSI morning host Monte Belmonte undertook the daunting task of traveling from Northampton to Greenfield—a distance of about 26 miles—on foot. This alone would have been a daunting feat (ahem.), but Monte’s decided to up the ante. By pushing an empty shopping cart the entire way, Monte’s not only made his journey more difficult, but he also draws attention to the burden of hunger many of our neighbors—one in eight, in fact—have to carry every day. Students at Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School outfitted Monte;s cart to ensure it was safe and road ready for the journey.
This year, Monte challenged listeners to walk with him, and those who raised enough could participate in Monte’s March themselves and push a second shopping cart at Monte’s side (this cart was created by Franklin County Technical School). Dan from Florida, MA raised $1000 and walked with Monte the entire distance.
We’re honored that Monte walked to fight hunger in Western Massachusetts, and even prouder that the community joined together to help us raise $32,000 for The Food Bank, money that will help us put more food on the tables of families in need in our region. Thank you, Monte, and thank you to all of the generous donors who helped make this year’s march a huge success!
Photos from Monte’s March 2011
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