2 Days. 3 Counties. 43 Miles. Fighting hunger, feeding hope.

Benefiting The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Each November WRSI – The River’s Monte Belmonte leads his annual march against hunger through the Pioneer Valley during his Monte’s March event. For those two days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern, and a number of their supporters, push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in our region. Supporters are encouraged to donate money to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.


Last year, Monte’s March raised more than $294,720 to support The Food Bank’s mission, the equivalent of 884,160 meals. Thank You!

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‌Call to donate during the March on November 25 & 26: 1-888-323-HOPE

Questions? Contact Event Coordinator, Jennifer Therkelsen at JenniferT@foodbankwma.org

Interested in sponsoring Monte’s March? Contact Corporate Relations Officer, Jillian Morgan at JillianM@foodbankwma.org

Join us for food, fun, and festivities at The Parlor Room in Northampton after Day 1 of the March.


Routes & Schedule (Nov. 25 & 26)

Please note that these routes and schedules are tentative. For the safety of all marchers, they are subject to change at any point throughout The March due to factors outside of our control (such as weather, unexpected traffic and/or construction). To get updates on the Marchers’ location, tune into 93.9 f.m.

Monday

Springfield to Northampton

Day 1
Day 1

6:30 a.m. – Marcher Arrival, Kick-Off Celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center,
3 Rutland St., Springfield

7:15 a.m. – Walnut Street Community Farm Store/Gardening the Community, 200 Walnut St., Springfield

7:45 a.m.MGM, 1 MGM Way, Springfield

8:30 a.m. – Chicopee City Limits

9:00 a.m. – Chicopee Center

9:45 a.m.Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen
170 Pendexter Ave., Chicopee

Quick stop at Kate’s Kitchen, Providence Ministries for the Needy, Holyoke

11:15 a.m.Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. Snacks provided to Marchers by Gateway City Arts and Holyoke Community College Culinary Arts

3:00 p.m. – Day 1 March ends at WRSI Station, 15 Hampton Ave., Northampton

6 – 8 p.m. – Monte’s Munch fundraising dinner at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: TICKETS

Tuesday

Northampton to Greenfield

Day 2
Day 2

6:00 a.m. – Kick-off from Congressman McGovern’s office (94 Pleasant St., Northampton)

7:00 a.m. – Route 9 Hadley

9:15 a.m. – Downtown Amherst

10:30 a.m.Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Rd, Amherst

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.Berkshire Brewing Company, lunch provided by Bueno Y Sano

2:45 p.m.Atlas Farm Store, South Deerfield. Warm beverages provided for Marchers

4:00 p.m.Deerfield Academy

5:15 – 6:00 p.m. – Complete 43 mile march at Hawks and Reed, 289 Main St., Greenfield

6:00 p.m. – Attend the After Party Celebration at Hawks and Reed – total amount raised announced. Free event, donations accepted. All proceeds benefit Monte’s March. Short performance by Mr. Drag and Karl, karaoke, Food by Stone Soup Café and Hope & Olive/Magpie.

Call to Donate

On Nov. 25 & 26, make your donation to Monte’s March by calling 1-888-323-HOPE

Volunteers will be standing by at The Food Bank to take your call and accept your credit card donation over the phone. Be sure to tune into 93.9 The River to follow Monte’s March throughout both days.

Donate Online Today

There’s no need to wait until Nov. 25. You can make your secure online donation to Monte’s March today! All donations will be included in the grand total at the end of The March.

Become a Monte’s Marcher or a Virtual Marcher

You can march with Monte and Congressman McGovern by raising money for the event.

1. Individuals:

  • A suggested fundraising minimum of $1,000 of more is encouraged to join Monte for either Monday or Tuesday of the walk (or a smaller portion).
  • Marchers must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult.
  • All Marchers are responsible for arranging their own transportation and pick-ups.

2. Create a Team

  • A suggested fundraising minimum of $1,000 or more per team is encouraged. Teams are asked to please choose one person to march at a time. As Monte’s March continues to grow, so does the number of people walking. These measures are to help ensure the safety of everyone involved.
  • Marchers must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult.
  • All Marchers are responsible for arranging their own transportation and pick-ups.

3. Virtual Marcher

If you’re unable to march with Monte, but would still like to raise funds for Monte’s March, you can become a Virtual Marcher. Raise funds online by creating your own fundraising page. There is no fundraising minimum. Every dollar you raise will help provide three meals to a neighbor in need.

Monte's March Social Media Toolkit

Contribute to a Marcher

You can support an individual marcher, Virtual Marcher, or a team by contributing to their fundraising efforts through pledgereg.com.

Attend Monte's Munch Fundraising Dinner

Monday, November 25, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Parlor Room

32 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA

Join 93.9 The River’s Monte Belmonte, Congressman Jim McGovern, and other Monte’s March supporters after they’ve completed the first leg of their 43 mile march from Springfield to Greenfield. Whether or not walking 43 miles is for you, we’d love for you to join us for food, fun, and festivities at The Parlor Room.

Food generously donated by Stop & Shop and cooked to perfection by The Electric Cocktail Party.

Raffle featuring exciting items from:
Four Seasons Wine & Liquors
 Esselon Coffee Roasters
• Zoar Outdoor
Berkshire East
• Six Flags New England
…and more!

100% of proceeds from the fundraising dinner will benefit Monte’s March.

Please note: Space is limited. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

Attend After Party Celebration

Tuesday, November 26
6:00 p.m.
Hawks & Reed

289 Main St., Greenfield, MA

Free event, donations accepted. All proceeds benefit Monte’s March. Short performance by Mr. Drag and Karl, karaoke, Food by Stone Soup Café and Hope & Olive/Magpie.

Get Your School Involved

Schools can support Monte’s March through food or fund drives at school, hosting your own “mini-March,” or cheering on the Marchers on 11/25 or 11/26. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Reynolds at AmandaR@foodbankwma.org for more info or to sign-up your school today.

Become a Sponsor

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities (PDF)

Contact Jillian Morgan, Corporate Relations Officer at (413) 203-4946 or email jillianm@foodbankwma.org to find out how you can sponsor this great community event and support The Food Bank’s mission to feed our neighbors in need.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors:

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