Thanks to your support Monte’s March raised more than $150,000
Monday, November 23, 2015: 17 mile walk from Springfield to Northampton
Tuesday, November 24, 2015: 26 mile walk from Northampton to Greenfield
Despite temperatures dipping into the low 20’s, 93.9 The River’s radio host Chris “Monte” Belmonte was determined to reach his fundraising goal to support The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. On Monday, November 23, 2015 his radiothon — which he named Monte’s March — saw him walk 17 miles from St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield’s Mason Square neighborhood to the WRSI studio in Northampton. The following day, November 24, he began in downtown Northampton and walked 26 miles to Greenfield. By the end of the second day, Monte raised more than $150,000 to help fight hunger in Western Massachusetts.
Monte’s March encouraged listeners to make donations to feed our neighbors in need by calling-in or contributing on-line. Monte also collected money from businesses and supporters as they passed through the streets of Western Massachusetts.
Joining him once again on both days of his walk was one of the countries’ strongest hunger advocates in Washington, Congressman James McGovern, and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ Executive Director, Andrew Morehouse. In addition, he was joined by a number of community supporters who independently raised money for the event.
“The support we saw from everyone, in every town, over these two days has been absolutely amazing,” explains Morehouse. “It is truly inspiring to see everyone come together to help their neighbors in need and strengthen our community.”
Walking in the march for the third straight year, Congressman McGovern has not only been a long-time supporter of The Food Bank, but is also one of the country’s strongest hunger advocates in Washington. Since 2013, his anti-hunger campaign, #EndHungerNow, has led the way in our nation’s struggle to eliminate food insecurity. His series of speeches given to Congress in Washington have demonstrated why hunger in this country must end. McGovern has also appeared in the 2012 documentary “A Place at the Table,” which helped shed light on the serious economic, social and cultural implications that hunger poses for our nation.
Now in its sixth year, Monte’s March has raised a total of $393,000 for The Food Bank, providing approximately 1,179,000 meals to the more than 200,000 individuals in Western Massachusetts facing food insecurity.