On May 6th, Project Bread will host its annual Walk for Hunger.  And the Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood is currently organizing a team to participate in this event, which is dedicated to helping the one out of 10 Massachusetts families who are struggling to put food on the table.

You can help by calling Team Captain Nick Campagna at 781-762-6866  -- or logging on to www.projectbread.org/goto/NorwoodFoodPantry – and signing up to be part of this local team.  (Monetary donations can also be made at this web address.)

The 20-mile walk begins and ends at the Boston Common.  Starting between 7 and 9 am, it will wind its way through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge with entertainment, water, free snacks, first aid, and toilet facilities along the way.

But if you’re not a long-distance walker, you don’t have to pledge to complete the entire course.  You can sign up to walk 10 miles, 5 miles – or even just a couple – and take advantage of the free transportation back to the Common that’s available at checkpoints located every 2 to 2-1/2 miles along the route.

Participants are encouraged to solicit monetary pledges from friends, family, and co-workers, but there is no registration fee required and no minimum fundraising pledge.

Walkers who pledge to raise $500 or more to help their neighbors in need are designated as Heart & Sole Circle members and receive an invitation to a special reception at the kick-off breakfast, a free t-shirt, free shoe laces, 10 thank-you cards to send to sponsors, and recognition in Project Bread’s online annual report.

Walkers who pledge to raise $1,000 or more are included in Project Bread’s Leadership Circle and also receive extras such as free sports socks, invitations to special events, and automatic entry into online contests for various prizes.

Established in 1969, The Walk for Hunger is the oldest continual pledge walk in the country.  Held the first Sunday in May each year, it helps Project Bread assist over 450 emergency food programs in 129 communities statewide – including the Norwood Food Pantry.

Last year more than 4,000 teams, 42,000 walkers, and 2,000 volunteers participated in The Walk for Hunger and raised over $3.6 million.  With your help, these totals can be even higher –and help even more hungry people – in 2012.