I love the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank (and Maura Rodgers)

Things are really getting exciting now. I just got off the phone with Maura Rodgers from the Food Bank and now I can’t stop smiling. She basically told me that the Food Bank is going to do everything it can to help me out. She said their IT people are putting together a secure website for me where people will be able to donate. It will  have all the information about me, the walk (route, schedule, etc.), why I am doing it, etc, and a link to my blog.

Furthermore, and even more awesomely, she said that they going to provide me with an unreal amount of PR including: a story about/promoting the walk in one of their upcoming newsletters (which goes out to ~10,000 people!), they going to contact their partners WPXI (Channel 11 News) and get them to do a story about the walk and to cover the beginning of it when leave August 1st, and they can help me create a flyer to distribute to people, which as I mentioned in a previous post I am not sure how to do.

I cannot describe how relieved I feel after speaking with Mara. Since I began planning this walk I have kind of felt like I was going it alone, which is my own fault.  I felt overwhelmed by everything I needed to do, especially since I had never done anything like this before. But now I no longer feel like I’m by myself. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who have been helping and without whose help I would still be lost (Mike Craftly from Governor Rendell’s office, Jeff Thompson from Penn DOT District 11, and Rabbi Sharyn Henry from Rodef Shalom – and of course my family), but having the Food Bank and all of their resources, organization, and experience helping me put this together just makes me feel hopeful and so confident that this walk is going to be a success. I cannot say thank you enough to the Food Bank and Mara for being so supportive and willing to help. You have no idea how much your support and help mean to me. I look forward to working with you more over the course of the next month as August 1st approaches.

I will post more information about the website as I get it. Stay tuned, things are really started to heat up.




About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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