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Hundreds of walkers in purple shirts showed up on Sunday, Oct. 14 for the annual Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry Walk for Hunger Relief. 

The annual event raises awareness of those in the local community who are facing food insecurity. 

For the first nine months of 2018, SVCM has served an average of 358 families per month through their “client choice” food pantry. This program is set up to allow the clients to choose those items their family would most enjoy from the shelves, refrigerators, and freezers. 

Victoria Dunkle of Park Ridge Health served as emcee of this year’s event, and Park Ridge Health’s Wellness on Wheels van was there conducting health screenings. SVCM is thankful to the sponsors, who came out to walk, and to those who supported the walk through donations of food and money. 

This year for the first time, empty bags were left at homes on the route which could be filled with food and left at their driveway to be picked up during the walk. 

Chuck Williams, SVCM Food Pantry supervisor, drove the SVCM van and picked up the many bags of food residents generously left to help feed their neighbors in need. 

The event will benefit many area residents. Donations are still coming in and there is still time to contribute. 

If you are interested in contributing to this year’s SVCM Walk for Hunger Relief, please contact executive director, Cheryl Wilson, at svcmdirector@gmail.com or mail your donation marked at “Walk for Hunger Relief” to P.O. Box 235, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

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