'Walk for Hunger' draws record crowd, raises $306K

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - More than 3,000 community activists laced up their shoes at the Mall of America (MOA) Thursday morning and walked more than three miles to feed Minnesota's hungry.

The record number of participants raised more than $306,000 in the fifth annual Walk to End Hunger, presented by Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Mosaic Company.

"The money raised today will go a long way toward helping the partner organizations meet the growing hunger needs of the Twin Cities community," said Lori Kratchmer, spokesperson, Walk to End Hunger.

Special guest walkers included four-time walk participant U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.

All proceeds from the Walk to End Hunger circulate back to help support 12 partner hunger relief organizations that work together to eliminate hunger in the Twin Cities metro area.

Those organizations include: Catholic Charities, Emergency Foodshelf Network, Hunger Solutions Minnesota, ICA Food Shelf, Keystone Community Services, Loaves and Fishes, Minnesota Foodshare, Neighbors, Inc., The Salvation Army, Second Harvest Heartland, The Aliveness Project and Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP).

Since 2008 the Walk to End Hunger has raised more than $1.2 million.

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