Monday, November 23: 17 mile walk from Springfield to Northampton
Tuesday, November 24: 26 mile walk from Northampton to Greenfield
Call to make your donation during the walk beginning at 7am November 23, and 6:30am November 24 or donate securely online
For the past five years, WRSI – The River morning host Monte Belmonte has helped provide approximately 729,000 meals to our neighbors facing food insecurity thanks to the generous support of his listeners. This year, motivated by the lack of access to healthy food in many Hampden County communities, Monte has added a second day of marching to raise awareness and funds for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Last year, your support helped raise more than $66,000. This year, you can help break that record and feed even more of our neighbors in need throughout Western Massachusetts!
Day 1 | Monday Nov. 23, from Springfield to Northampton (17 miles)
Monday morning, Monte and friends will depart bright and early from St. John Congregational Church in Springfield’s Mason Square neighborhood. Joined by Congressman Jim McGovern, The Food Bank’s Executive Director Andrew Morehouse and many other members of the community, Monte will push his shopping cart up north through Chicopee.
The entire way Monte will broadcast live on the air to raise awareness of his walk to end hunger and inspire generous listeners to donate to feed our neighbors in need.
Upon reaching Holyoke, Monte will continue along Route 5, until he finally reaches the WRSI studios in downtown Northampton. In total Monte will have walked 17 miles. From there, the group will head over to Northampton Brewery for a special Beer Dinner fundraiser!
Day 2 | Tuesday Nov. 24, from Northampton to Greenfield (26 miles)
Tuesday morning, Monte and the group will continue on the route you know and love from previous years. Starting from Congressman McGovern’s office in Northampton, they will march up Route 9 in Hadley past Mi Tierra and Whole Foods and Whole Foods Market.
Throughout the entire day, you can listen along on 93.9 The River, and show your support by calling in and donating.
After passing through downtown Amherst, the group will stop at Amherst Survival Center. By noon they should have reached downtown Sunderland will be on his way to Chandler’s Restaurant for a much need break.
Finally, they will march the homestretch down routes 5 and 10, arriving at Magpie Pizzeria in Greenfield to complete their day’s 26 mile trek.