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'Walk Off Hunger' helps feed local families

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Jul 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-30 14:35:24-04

The 9th Annual Walk Off Hunger and Summerfest was held on Saturday at Island Park in Williamsville. 

The 1.9-mile walk began at 11 a.m. The walk was followed by Summerfest, which included food, children's games, a bounce house, climbing wall, music, visits from local sports teams' mascots, auctions and more.

The Food Bank teamed up with the Williamsville Farmers Market, so attendees were able to shop before and after the walk.

Donations to the Food Bank of WNY tend to slow in the summer, though the need remains high. Summertime is especially challenging for families whose children rely on their school's free or reduced-price meal program.

During summer vacation, many of these families turn to the Food Bank's member agencies to help make up those missed meals. Walk Off Hunger was created as a summertime event, and throughout the past 8 years, it has helped provide more than 2 million meals for hungry local families.

"While some of us are fortunate enough to view summer as a time for relaxation and enjoyment, there are many families in our community who are worried if their children will have enough to eat this summer," said Marylou Borowiak, President & CEO of the Food Bank of WNY.

"We urge the community to join us on July 30th and walk the walk in the fight against hunger. Not only is Walk Off Hunger a fun, family-friendly event, but it is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors in need."

All proceeds from the event benefit the Food Bank of Western New York as it continues to fight hunger locally.