Hunger Action Walking Trail encourages action

  • Starting this weekend, city residents and visitors to downtown Greenfield can “walk, learn and take action” about hunger in the local community on the Hunger Action Walking Trail on Main Street. Through Sept. 30, informational posters will be hung in the windows of partnering businesses focused on different issues related to hunger, and easy ways to take action. QR codes on the posters can be scanned by smart phones to link users to relevant resources. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/17/2021 5:02:44 PM

GREENFIELD — Starting this weekend, residents and visitors to downtown Greenfield can “walk, learn and take action” about hunger in the local community.

The Franklin County Hunger Task Force is hosting the Hunger Action Walking Trail now through Sept. 30. The “trail” stretches along Main Street, with informational posters hung in the windows of partnering businesses. Each poster will feature a different issue related to hunger, including the root causes and easy ways to take action. The posters feature QR codes that can be scanned by smart phones to link users to relevant resources.

“We’re making it easy for everyone to take action to end hunger in our community,” said Pamela McBride, who is Greenfield Public Library’s information services assistant and a Franklin County Hunger Task Force member. “Just take a walk in downtown Greenfield, learn from the Hunger Action Walking Trail posters about specific ways to take action, and then do some of those actions. All of those actions add up.”

Maps of the whole Hunger Action Walking Trail are available on the Greenfield Public Library’s website, greenfieldpubliclibrary.org, and the Franklin County Hunger Task Force’s Facebook page, facebook.com/FCHungerTaskForce. Print copies are also available at the library.

“Hunger doesn’t come out of nowhere,” Franklin County Hunger Task Force Co-Chair Mary McClintock said. “It is caused by a wide range of issues, including the high cost of transportation, housing and medical care. Together, we can learn about those root causes and take action to change them.”

Topics covered on the Hunger Action Walking Trail include: Our Neighbors are Hungry; Root Causes of Hunger; Transportation and Hunger; Kids in Franklin County are Hungry; Kids and College Students are Hungry; Help End Hunger with Local Food; SNAP and HIP Feed Our Neighbors; and How Do Cliff Effects Cause Hunger?

“No one should go hungry in our community,” McClintock continued. “It’s National Hunger Action Month. As a community, we can help make sure our neighbors have enough to eat now and in the future. We can support the local food pantries and meal programs that feed people today, and work to address the reasons why people are hungry today.”

For more information about the Franklin County Hunger Task Force, email McClintock at fcrn@communityaction.us, call 413-376-1108 or visit the task force’s Facebook page.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.




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