Henderson County Hunger Coalition / The Hunger Walk


IHunger Walk 2012-2n 1982, a small group of concerned community service volunteers, aware of the critical need to relieve hunger among our neighbors, formed the Henderson County Hunger Coalition. Today, more than twelve congregations are represented on the Hunger Coalition Executive Board —including Etowah United Methodist Church.

The Hunger Coalition is committed to relieving hunger in Henderson County by raising awareness of the need and raising funds for hunger related agencies through the ANNUAL SEPTEMBER HUNGER WALK. Churches, civic groups, school organizations and local businesses are invited to form teams and seek out sponsors who will pledge donations based on the walker’s completion of a 5 or 10 mile route that winds around the streets of Hendersonville… or a 1 to 2 mile Fun Walk within Jackson Park. The walk begins and ends at Jackson Park, and walkers are treated to a commemorative T-shirt… and some great food at the completion of the event donated by many area restaurants.

In recent years, the Coalition has successfully raised over $100,000 annually for the work of the following major emergency food kitchen operations in Henderson County:

• Interfaith Assistance Ministries
• American Red Cross
• Council on Aging
• Western Carolina Community Action
• Hendersonville Rescue Mission
• Manna Food Bank
• Mainstay
• Blue Ridge Health Center
• Storehouse
• The Salvation Army
• Calvary Episcopal Food Pantry… and our own

Hunger Walk 2012Since 2003, our church has formed an ETOWAH UMC FLAMES HUNGER WALK TEAM. We raise donations for our “walks” and join with hundreds of volunteers from churches, civic groups, schools and organizations around the area on a Saturday morning in late September walking, jogging, and (in some extraordinary cases) running up to 10 miles on a course that takes us around downtown and residential neighborhoods of Hendersonville… or around the popular 1 to 2 Mile Fun Walk course within Jackson Park.

WATCH FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CHURCH TEAM’S FORMATION IN JULY/AUGUST EACH YEAR and consider joining with friends and neighbors in this official Outreach Ministry of our church.