Sunday 1 pm, September 15 – THIRD ANNUAL WALK TO FEED THE HUNGRY
Join us for the Third Annual Walk to benefit Buddhist Global Relief and Preble Street, a unified community resource center in Portland, Maine. We’ll gather at Portland’s beautiful Back Cove Park at 1:00 p.m. for the 3‑mile walk along the level path that encircles the cove. We have an on call car for those who want to walk only part of the trail and water for all. Meet at the Preble Street entrance across from Hannaford’s Parking area. This year’s walk is also sponsored by The Dharma House and Open Door Sangha! We welcome new friends joining in.
. Donate to the Walk through First Giving. All funds go first to Buddhist Global Relief and then a donation is made to Preble Street. Read about hunger in Maine from Michelle Lamm, Program Manager for the Maine Hunger Initiative.
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.
Projects include food programs in Haiti, Cameroon, India, Bangladesh, Sudan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Cote 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.
2018 Walk to Feed the Hungry raises $1400
Benefiting Buddhist Global Relief and Preble Street Buddha: “Hunger is the worst illness”
2017 Walk Michelle Lamm of Preble St, Khenmo Drolma of Vajra Dakini, Tom Spies of Buddhist Global Relief