In a united effort to combat hunger, more than 100 members of the Akron Ohio Stake joined with more than 20 different faith and religious organizations at the annual Hunger Walk the first weekend of May, sponsored by the Akron Area Interfaith Council, to raise awareness and funds for a regional food bank.
“People were just excited. It was a nice way for us to mix and mingle and unite with good people of other faiths in a worthy cause,” said Susan Hunter, the stake public affairs director.
The AAIC has been sponsoring the Hunger Walk since 2011; this was the first year the Akron Ohio Stake participated. Sister Hunter said the stake joined the AAIC last year to join with an organization that “is very much in line with our values.”
“It is a wonderful opportunity for the Church to participate in an interfaith effort that has so many far reaching benefits,” said Stake President Douglas Talley in a press release provided to the Church News. “Not only have we been involved in helping to feed the hungry, but we have made many new friends with those not of our faith as we join efforts in service.”
The impact of so many groups coming together was seen. According to the press release, the Hunger Walk raised $21,000 in donations and an additional 1,100 pounds of food.
Included in the total amount of food donated was a commodity donation from the bishops’ storehouse, Sister Hunter said.
“We look forward to our associations with members of the interfaith community,” President Talley said. “Much good can be accomplished by working together and our hope is that these alliances continue for many years to come.”