While COVID-19 concerns have scuttled this year’s annual walk to fight hunger in the community, it hasn’t stopped organizers from finding creative ways to help feed those in need in the community.
The 2020 version of the Rome Area Hunger Walk won’t feature any physical walking but will instead be a drive-by event on Sunday, Oct. 18, where the community can drop off donations to organizers.
“In past years, we walk through downtown Rome to heighten awareness and to raise funds to distribute among our local food pantries” says Andrea Radesi, coordinating team chairperson for the annual event.
Among those benefiting from the proceeds include: The Bill Gavin Pantry at St Joseph’s Church in Lee Center; the Foothills Rural Ministries in Holland Patent; as well as the Bread of Life Community Center, Catholic Charities, Mission of the Christ Child, Rome Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army, all in Rome.
“We are all aware this has been a year like no other and people continue to struggle,” Radesi said. “Hunger lurks around the corner; children and adults, the elderly and the unemployed. In a normal year, the programs we work with serve over 300,000 meals throughout the Rome area. This year has brought increased challenges to each pantry.”
Hunger Walk committee members will be outside First Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court St, between noon and 1 p.m. on Sunday to accept any donations the community would like to make. Contributions of any size are appreciated and will be shared among the pantries, Radesi said, adding that checks should be made out to the First Presbyterian Church with RAHW in the memo line.
Organizers also recognized several local business contributors for this season, including Cathedral Corporation, Davidson Chevrolet, Rome Tip & Dies, Baum’s Castorine, Revere Copper and Brass, Rome Rotary Club, Kekis Citgo, Community Bank and the Jan Siegel Fund.