Annual “Walk for the Hungry” Event


On September 21st, the Pine Grove Church will hold their annual Walk for the Hungry event. Henrietta Reigel has been involved with the event for past ten years.

“On Sunday the 21st, people interested in stamping out hunger, in the world and Pocahontas County, meet at the Green Bank BFD Firehouse. We proceed around the North Fork Loop Road, and end at the Pine Grove Church of the Bretheren. This is a total of six miles.”

According to Reigel, participants can walk any portion of the six miles. It’s also possible to sponsor someone for the walk.

Walk for the Hungry is a partnership with World Vision, an organization that describes itself as being, “dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”

Since it was founded in 1950, World Vision has grown into one of the largest relief and development organizations in the world. “75% of the money collected goes to World Vision for hunger,” Reigel said. “25% of the proceeds stay in Pocahontas County.”

After the six mile walk, there will be refreshments and a chance to talk about the experience at the Pine Grove Church. Reigel said that everyone is invited to attend. “Normally in the past years, we have several folks that make the total walk in less than an hour,” she said. “[For] slower folks who just want to enjoy the scenery and the fellowship, it can be up to a 2-3 hour walk. We have no set time to quit.”

Walk for the Hungry will start at the BFD Firehouse in Green Bank on September 21st at 2pm. For more information, contact Henrietta Reigel at 304-456-4862.

“Back whenever I was young and first starting out, I thought ‘Why do I want to participate? This is really hard work.’ But to know that I am volunteering my services to stamp out hunger in the world and Pocahontas County, it is such a comforting feeling to be a part of such a worthwhile organization that would try to help the less fortunate people that are in our county and in the world.”

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Megan Moriarty

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