The 43-mile Monte’s March to fight hunger ended in Greenfield Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s weather did not keep Monte’s March from slogging through the rain and slush to complete their two-day trek to fight hunger.
93.9 The River’s Monte Belmonte, has been leading his annual Monte’s March for eight years; this is his ninth year. He broadcasted live during the 43-mile walk from Springfield to Greenfield.
Monte’s March raised more than $271,000 for the Food Bank of western Massachusetts.
“$271,000 translates into over 270,000 meals that we’ll be able to get out to people who need it,” said Andrew Morehouse, executive director of the food bank. “People who rely on the Food Bank for food assistance on any given day of the week, or the month or the year.”
Nearly 100 people joined the march, including Congressman Jim McGovern and 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Brian Lapis.
“Obviously, its kind of a lousy day here today,” Lapis said. “But spirits are high and folks are really really motivated to make this march and to raise more than a quarter million dollars this week for the food bank.”
With this week’s donation drive, Monte’s March has now surpassed $1 million in donations over nine years.