Dione Reyes, a 2011 graduate of Haverhill High School, is a communications intern with Project Bread and a student at Suffolk University. There, she studies public relations and recruits other students to join the walk.
“I’ve been getting the word out about hunger in Massachusetts and what people can do to help,” Reyes said. “This will be my first walk ever, but not my last.”
Project Bread helps pay for six programs aimed at alleviating hunger in the Haverhill area: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, Calvary Baptist Church, Community Action Inc., Emmaus Inc., Open Hearts Ministries Inc., the Pregnancy Care Center and the Salvation Army.
More than 1,500 people from The Eagle-Tribune’s readership area took part in last year’s walk and raised a total of $192,340.
Josiane Ferreira of Lawrence is a member of Team Teradyne, which is participating in its 10th year as a team. Since 2004, the team has raised more than $158,000. This year, the group has raised nearly $10,000 so far.
This will be Ferreira’s ninth year participating. She said she walks because of the support Project Bread provides to Lazarus House, a shelter in Lawrence that provides a range of services to those in need.
“It’s also important to me because in Brazil, where I come from, my family was helped by an organization similar to Project Bread,” Ferreira said. “This is a way to return the favor.”
46th annual Project Bread Walk for Hunger
Oldest continual pledge walk in the country
Goal of raising $3.5 million
20-mile walk begins and ends at Boston Common
Provides money for a wide range of anti-hunger programs
More than 40,000 people expected to participate
To register for the walk or donate, visit www.projectbread.org or call 617-723-5000