3 day, 8-town walk to raise awareness about food systems, kick off Unifier Festival

Hampshire County

A music festival bringing awareness and raising funds to help end hunger. 

The Unifier Healing & Expressive Arts festival is inviting the public to join a 45 mile walk, through eight different communities before ending in Tolland Friday, where they’ll be treated to a free music festival. 

In western Massachusetts, more than 220,000 people need help with putting food on the table. 

Ken Johnston is hoping to reduce that number by embarking on a three-day, 45 mile walk, where he’ll also be taking FOOD donations. Johnston began in Amherst Wednesday morning and 22News caught up with him as he crossed into Easthampton.  

“Here in Hampshire county over 30,116 residents of Hampshire County have sought food assistance,” said Johnston.

The food will go to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and pantries in Easthampton, Westfield, Southwick, Granville, and Tolland. 

The Unifier Festival kicks off this weekend in Tolland. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend and dance to over 100 different musicians. 

Johnson isn’t a stranger of long walks. Last year, Unifier Festival sponsored him on a 400 mile walk from Selma, Alabama to Memphis, Tennessee. 

Here is what the rest of this week’s schedule looks like:

Day Two – June 21
Library via the Westfield Food Pantry
08:15 a.m. Depart Southampton Fire Station
09:45 a.m. Cumberland Farms, 1134 Southampton Road, Westfield 3.5 miles
10:45 a.m. Friendly’s Restaurant, 21 Southampton Road, Westfield, 6.3 mies
 Break
11:45 a.m. Westfield Food Pantry, 101 Meadow St., Westfield, 7.9 miles
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. Depart Westfield Food Pantry
01:30 p.m. Granville Road & Loomis Sts., 10.8 miles
03:30 p.m. Granville Public Library, 17.3 miles

Day 3 – June 22
08:15 a.m. Depart Granville Public Library, Route 57
10:15 a.m. Route 57 & Beach Hill Road, 5 miles
 Break
11:30 a.m. Schoolhouse Road, Tolland Town Hall, 8.3 miles
01:15 p.m.Camp Timber Trails, 1266 E. Otis Road, Tolland, 13.7 miles

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