Walk to Feed the Hungry

Join us for a Day of Compassionate Action                       Saturday September 30th  2:00 pm                                           Back Cove Trail  Portland, Maine

 Buddhist Global Relief is sending emergency funds to “Feeding Texas” for their food banks and shelter meals

 

Buddha: “Hunger is the worst illness.

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 The walk is both a learning and fundraising opportunity for Buddhist Global Relief and Preble Street. Along the way you will find information about the international work of Buddhist Global Relief and the local work in Maine of Preble Street.

We will begin on the Back Cove Trail at the Preble St entrance (parking lot near the soccer fields across from Hannefords)

Bring: Sunscreen and water

2:00 Register and gather for kick off speakers:

Tom Spies executive director of Buddhist Global Relief

Khenmo Drolma Abbess Vajra Dakini Nunnery

Michelle Lamm Maine Hunger Initiative Program Manager for Preble Street

lease arrive at the Preble St park area and register by 2:00.  We are walking for Buddhist Global Relief and partnering with Preble Street in Maine who will receive 10% of the donations. The trail is 3.5 miles long and we will have a car for elders and those who only want to do a part of the trail. All donations go through First Giving to Buddhist Global Relief. They then give a donation to Preble Street. You can donate yourself, invite friends to donate and even challenge friends to make a donation per mile you walk. For those who can’t attend in person the per mile challenge is perfect! You can join the Vajra Dakini team our start your own here.

Buddhist Global Relief was founded by Bhikku Bodhi, who is well known as the translator for the major body of Buddha’s sutras into English. He was inspired to found this charity uniting all Buddhists in giving. Run by volunteers, 94% of the funds go directly to projects that feed women and children and support  farmers, creating sustainable farming practices worldwide. BGR partners with many organizations on the ground such as OXFAM and the Hellen Keller Foundation, by no means only buddhist projects.  This year’s  projects include food programs in  HaitiCameroon, India, Bangladesh, Sudan, Cambodia, VietnamCote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and even the US. Buddhist Global Relief maintains an emergency fund, distributing over $100,000 so far this year to places like Syria and Yemen. Funds will now also go to Feeding Texas for food banks and shelter meals.

Preble Street runs three soup kitchens and a food pantry serving over 1100 meals daily to people of all ages struggling to maintain independence on a fixed income, for whom food is scarce. All the soup kitchens are co-located with Preble Street programs, and caseworkers and outreach workers from collaborating organizations throughout the community can meet and engage with people in need of services. The food programs are only a part of their work to serve the homeless and vulnerable. They are also advocates and provide safe, affordable permanent housing and support to chronically homeless men and women in Portland, Maine.

We welcome your participation in this event. Please consider volunteering and of course walk with us. To volunteer email Khenmo at info@vajradakininunnery.org.