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May 12

9th Walk For Hunger

In addition to moving this weekend, and catching a Red Sox game, we did our 9th Walk for Hunger.  Jeannette was only able to make 10 of the 20 miles this year.  Josh graciously said that since Jeannette was walking the baby this year, her miles counted double.

We very much appreciate the support of all our friends and family.  Here is a copy of our Thank You note we sent everyone.

Dear Friends and Family,

We want to send our sincerest thanks for your support this year (and past years) of our efforts to raise both awareness of the hunger issues in our neighborhoods and the funds to support the fight against hunger.  This was our 9th walk (180 miles) with Project Bread and The Walk For Hunger.

Thank you for helping us raise over $1,300 in an effort to affect positive and systemic change to prevent hunger.  We walked as a part of our church team this year, and as a team we raised over $25,000.  This year, 43,000 people joined together to raise $3.6 million to provide food for 448 emergency food programs in our cities and towns.  These funds will provide a hot meal or a bag of groceries for hungry families next winter.

Project Bread advocates change in our community and, while feeding the hungry now, attempts to implement changes to END hunger for the future.  It is an organization we believe in and have chosen to support for the last nine years.  We cannot express how grateful we are for your generosity and support in helping us strive for change in our community.

Thanks again for your support of our efforts!!

Josh, Jeannette & Our Future Walker(due August 21st)


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May 11

8th Walk For Hunger (& Mug Card Finish!)

We have now walked 160 miles to raise awareness of the hunger issues in our neighborhoods and the funds to support the fight against hunger.  We want to send our sincerest thanks for your support this year (and past years) of our efforts.  This was our 8th walk with Project Bread and The Walk For Hunger.  This year, 42,000 people joined together to raise $3.6 million to provide food for 448 emergency food programs in our cities and towns.  The funds will provide a hot meal or a bag of groceries for hungry families next winter.

Thank you for helping us raise over $1,200 in an effort to affect positive and systemic change to prevent hunger.    Also the team we started at Baker House has now raised over $30,000 to fight hunger!  We are proud.

Project Bread advocates change in our community and, while feeding the hungry now, attempts to implement changes to END hunger for the future.  It is an organization we believe in and have chosen to support for the last eight years.  We cannot express how grateful we are for your generosity and support in helping us strive for change in our community.

It was a gorgeous day for a walk this year and we started bright and early so we would be done in time to watch the Celtics game.  After we crossed the finish line, we walked another mile back home and back to our pub to watch the game and finish off our mug cards! We figured it was a grand way to celebrate another successful Walk – we our now proud mug owners at our local pub.



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May 10

Walk For Hunger – Miles 120 to 140

The Walk For Hunger Runs on Dunkin:

Registered and Raring to go:

Cheers icon passed in first mile:

Mile 1 – This was the last correct mile marker:

Citgo icon on the route:

The Walk skirts around Fenway:

Coolidge Corner Style 1:

Coolidge Corner Style 2:

These signs were everywhere all weekend due to the water emergency:

Mile 5 – Someone actually edited this sign:

Chestnut Hill Reservoir:

Mile 9:

Mile 10 – halfway point!!! This was sooo weird.  First time in 7 years we saw the markers screwed up:

Party House right before Lunch Stop where they offered us beer last year! Haha!

Lunch at Daly Field with bands and a short rest:

A fancy new boathouse at Daly Field:

Mile 11 – MORE than 1/2 way there:

Mile 13:

Look at the birdie! He sang too!

Josh in the tunnel:

Mile 14 – walking home along the Charles:

Our little platoon walking along the Muddy:

A Mem Drive icon, in reverse:

Doing the whole walk in full gear!

Citgo sign again, from across the river – we’re almost home!

See that Mile 19 sign?  Across the road?  I think the marker is right – it is not on the walk route though…

The Swan Boats in the Public Garden!

Almost there!

And we made it!!!

We did it!  20 more miles.  And you did it! Together, the Fiala friends & family raised $1300 to fight hunger.  Thank you so much for rallying together with us in our efforts.  And our team raised over $6750!

“The opposite of hungry isn’t full; the opposite of hungry is healthy.”  -Ellen Parker

Because of your kindness we made our goal raising $1000 to fight hunger.

As most of you are aware, fighting the hunger problem in America is an effort we have chosen to support every year and one we believe is an important way we can actively participate in bettering our community.

As the state’s leading antihunger organization, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. In addition to organizing the annual Walk for Hunger and supporting emergency food programs statewide, Project Bread also advocates systematic solutions that prevent hunger in children and that provide food to families in everyday settings.

Your donation went a long way!

  • $20 provides 40 people at a soup kitchen with a bowl of hot soup and a sandwich.
  • $100 provides a week’s supply of groceries for five families.
  • $500 allows a community health center to provide immediate food assistance to 25 hungry families. (We each raised $500)
  • $1000 permits a food pantry to give a week’s supply of groceries to 50 families in need. (The Fiala total goal)

Project Bread fights hunger and advocates change in the community in which we live. It is an organization we believe in and choose to support year after year. We thank you for your support and solidarity in fighting hunger.

To everyone who supports the fight against hunger,

Thank you,
Jeannette and Josh


03
May 09

Our 6th Walk for Hunger



Today we walked our 6th Walk for Hunger. This means we have now walked 120 miles raising money to fight hunger and raising awareness for the hunger problem in Massachusetts. Thanks to our family and friends, this year we were able to raise over $1300 and our Baker House team raised over $6500 at last count (the total is still rising). The Baker House team has now raised over $20,000 over the last 5 years.  We had 11 walkers this year. It was a great walk! There are more pictures from the walk after the jump, as well as some hunger facts. But first I want to say a quick thank you to everyone for your support, financial and otherwise. Project Bread fights hunger and advocates change in the community in which Josh and I live. It is an organization that Josh and I believe in and choose to support year after year. We thank you for your support and solidarity in fighting hunger. As the state’s leading antihunger organization, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. In addition to organizing the annual Walk for Hunger and supporting emergency food programs statewide, Project Bread also advocates systematic solutions that prevent hunger in children and that provide food to families in everyday settings. Since 1969, Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger has provided critical resources for hungry children and families in Massachusetts.

Today, The Walk for Hunger is the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and the largest annual one-day fundraiser to alleviate local hunger. It is one of the few walks dedicated to social justice. Money raised through The Walk for Hunger funds more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs in 128 communities across Massachusetts. The 20-mile Walk route weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Cambridge. Continue reading →


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May 08

Project Soggy Bread

Project Soggy Bread

Project Soggy Bread

The Walk was a little big soggy this year! But we had a lot of fun!  The Baker House team raised over $5,000 for the second year in a row and has now raised over $15,000 in 4 years.  YAY!!  For more information see www.projectbread.org, our yearly team page www.projectbread.org/goto/baker and our personal pages www.projectbread.org/goto/jeannette and www.projectbread.org/goto/josh.

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