Although the walk is being put on by Gordon County churches, everyone is invited to attend.
“Hunger strikes those who don’t attend church as well as those who do,” said Pete Ullmann, pastor of Calhoun First Presbyterian Church. “By working together, we can make a difference in the hunger problem in our own community,” he added.
This year’s walk will once again take place at the Calhoun Recreation Center, bordered by McDaniel Station Rd. and River Street, and begins at 2 p.m.
Traditionally, hunger walks are a family event with children, youth, adults and the elderly participating—some even in wheelchairs or with baby strollers.
This year’s walk will range from a .5K to a 3K walk. Depending on the length of walk an individual chooses, the terrain ranges from a concrete walking area to a paved walking trail.
Last year, donations to the GCMA Hunger Walk brought in $2,302. Of this amount, $734 was given to each of Gordon County’s primary food programs for needy families -- The Voluntary Action Center (VAC), Brewers, and the Seventh Day Adventist food pantry. St. Vincent’s food pantry also received a donation of $100.
Many Gordon County families have been affected by the recession that began in 2008 when the housing bubble burst.
As demand for new houses dropped, demand crashed for carpets and other types of flooring , causing lost jobs or a reduced work week for many Gordon County residents. The annual GCMA Hunger Walk helps provide food assistance to our friends and neighbors who are needy.