This is a little stray from the book topics, but a worthy subject nonetheless.
My husband and I participated in Project Bread’s Walk For Hunger in Boston in 2011 and 2012. The first year, we managed to walk about 3/4 of the 20 mile route. The second year, we volunteered at the large checkpoint in Watertown to encourage walkers and organize other volunteers.
“For many individuals and families across the state, hunger is a very real part of their daily lives. In fact, food insecurity affects the lives of over 700,000 people in the Commonwealth—almost 40% more than before the recession began. Project Bread responds to those in need in both immediate and longer-term ways: last year, over 400 community food programs funded by Project Bread provided more than 60 million meals to those in need; Project’s Bread Chefs in Schools program works to ensure that vulnerable children get the nutrition they need where they go to school; an innovative program connects farmers to urban families so that they can get affordable fresh food. All solutions are focused on strengthening individuals, families, communities—and our state as a whole.” (taken directly from Project Bread’s site.)