MSJ joins Hike for Hunger

RUTLAND - Mount St. Joseph Academy students are joining forces with schools statewide to work in the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger's 13th annual Hike for Hunger event.

Kate Zambon, an MSJ senior, is spearheading the effort at MSJ, recruiting its students to hike, and will be spreading the word through the screening of a documentary at the school's morning chapel this week. Students are being asked to raise money and awareness for hunger and nutrition issues facing Vermont's children.

October is Hike for Hunger month. Students from elementary age through college will be hiking on various days and locations to raise money for the campaign's Cooking for Life nutrition education classes, according to Rebecca O'Reilly, Nutrition Education Coordinator of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.

MSJ's hike takes place Oct. 28, rain or shine, at Pine Hill Park in Rutland.

"The goal of Cooking for Life is to empower parents and youth to make healthy choices," O'Reilly said. "With increased skills in nutrition and low-cost meal preparation, families can stretch food dollars further and feel good about providing healthy options for their families. It is one thing we all can do to decrease the risk of hunger for Vermont children and families."

MSJ will view the agency's Every Child Every Day documentary at morning chapel to create a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by families with inadequate nutrition in Vermont, said Erica Zimmer, MSJ faculty member and advisor on this project.

The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger is a statewide nonprofit organization that works with state agencies and community groups to develop sustainable hunger solutions. Hike for Hunger 2009 is sponsored by City Market, National Life Group and Northfield Savings Bank.

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