The annual Walk to End Poverty will be held Saturday, May 19 at Lake Merritt in Oakland, hosted by the Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership to raise awareness about the impact of poverty and what is being done to curb it.
This free event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Of the more than 1.5 million residents in Alameda County, 200,498 children and families are struggling to pay the rent and keep food on the table. Some 13.5 percent of Alameda County residents live below the federal poverty level.
“Homelessness, lack of employment, poor health and hunger – poverty’s consequences – can be severe,” says Estelle Clemons, Manager, Alameda County – Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP).
“Almost 20 percent of Alameda County’s children live below the federal poverty level,” Clemons says. ”The goal of the Walk to End Poverty is to encourage participants to take a stand against poverty and the horrible effects it is having on our families.”
Registration for the Walk to End Poverty begins at 9 a.m. at the Lake Merritt bandstand area – across from the Garden Center at 666 Bellevue Ave.
The walk starts at 10 a.m., and the first 600 attendees who bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Alameda County Community Food Bank will receive a free t-shirt.
Immediately following the walk, a community fair will be held to inform the community about available programs, services, and opportunities for those in need.
The fair will feature live entertainment provided by local artists; snacks from Bay Area vendors; and information about services provided by local partners – all committed to social change.
Children’s activities include face painting, an inflatable jumping house and hands-on arts and crafts.
“We can collectively work together to address poverty– because together we can make a difference,” Clemons said.
AC-OCAP has been funding programs and projects in the low- income community since 1971. For information go to www.OaklandCAP.org