Rev. Sam Pendergrast

Rome Area Hunger Walk set to step off on Sunday

Published Oct 10, 2017 at 4:00pm

The Rome Area Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15, beginning and ending at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St.

The annual walk raises funds to support agencies in the Rome area that provide services to families who are struggling to find food, shelter and employment.

Registration is at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m.

For the second year in a row, the RAHW is operating as an independent Hunger Walk under the sponsorship of First Presbyterian Church.

Organizers say that 90 percent of the funds raised, will be divided equally between the following agencies and programs: Rome Salvation Army, Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen, Rome Catholic Charities, In Mission of the Christ Child (St. Peter’s Catholic Church), Rome Rescue Mission, Foothills Rural Ministry (Holland Patent), and St. Joseph’s Food Pantry (Lee Center).

A 10 percent donation to CWS will be made for national and global disaster relief efforts.

“We’re grateful for the generosity of this community. All support will enable the agencies to help lift families out of poverty, give them hope, and enable them to contribute to the betterment of the entire community,” said Rev. Sam Pendergrast, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

“When one person is lifted up, we all rejoice, and we are all stronger together. Our goal for the Rome Area Hunger Walk is to recruit 400 walkers who will raise $100 each,” Pendergrast added.

“We know $40,000 is an ambitious goal, but we believe in Rome and want to help make a stronger community for all,” the First Presbyterian Church pastor said.

Anyone who wishes to walk can join a team at their church, school, organization or register on the day of the walk.

For information, or to get a donation envelope and raise funds, call 315-336-1380 or email firstpresrome@gmail.com.

For donations, please make checks payable to the First Presbyterian Church and mark it for Hunger Walk.

If you would like to give online, go to www.firstpresrome.com and click on the “Give Now” button, then choose Hunger Walk in the fund selection box.

The event will feature two walking routes for the convenience of participants, and organizers noted that shirts distributed to walkers who raise more than $60.

Refreshments will be provided by local businesses.

Participants and spectators are asked to bring a canned or boxed food Item to the walk to be distributed to the area’s hungry.

In addition to raising funds for the walk, there are additional ways for people to contribute, according to organizers of the Rome Area Hunger Walk.

Among the ways to help:

• People can bring recyclable bottles and cans to the Cashback Redemption Center, 306 Adams St. and tell them they are for the Hunger Walk Account.

The center will donate six cents per return to the Hunger Walk.

• Area residents can also dine at Wendy’s Restaurant, 401 Erie Blvd W., on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Wendy’s will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from 5 to 8 p.m. on that date to the Hunger Walk.