The first time Argree Dawson went to the Hunger Walk, she was astonished by all the people who showed up to the event.
“I was shocked by all these people helping others, helping people they don’t know,” Argree said. “These walkers will never see some of these people they are helping, yet they are willing to walk and raise money for them. It’s incredible.”
This year, Argree walked in her fourteenth Hunger Walk with more than 12,000 others on September 8. The cloudy, cold morning didn’t stop walkers like Argree from coming out to Jackson Park to walk to end hunger.
The 33rd Annual Hunger Walk supported the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s network of soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters. As Chicago’s largest annual anti-hunger rally, the event raises funds and awareness to end hunger. This year’s Hunger Walk has raised more than $190,000 and counting. Those interested can still support the event with a donation.
Argree is a part of the New Life Covenant Church Southeast pantry team, which brought out over 800 walkers. She said this year, and every year, the Hunger Walk helps her agency create community and strengthen its aid.
“The Hunger Walk helps us form a better partnership with others,” Argree said. “The Walk helps us provide food for the community, while also getting to know others who are helping in our community. It brings us all together to help feed more families.”
This year’s Hunger Walk was sponsored by Conagra Brands Foundation, Griffith Foods, Jewel Osco, PepsiCo., US Foods and ABC 7 Chicago.