The competition begins

Hunger Walk preview

Shirley Dodson, Diane Chicanavage and Destini Denning hold certificates given for collecting the most money for the 2015 Hunger Weekend. They are beginning to raise funds for the 2016 Hunger Drive and the can that Destini is holding will be placed in Schick’s Cafe on Mauch Chunk Street Tamaqua. You can participate by donating to this can or to the other fund raisers for 2016. The funds will be given to three food banks in Tamaqua: Trinity United Church of Christ, Primitive Methodist Church, and the Salvation Army.

Last year Tamaqua Hunger Walk raised $3,597 and collected 48 boxes of food which was split evenly among three food pantries in the community (Trinity United Church of Christ, Primitive Methodist Church and the Salvation Army).

This year, activities benefitting the the May 15 Hunger Walk have expanded.

Numerous Tamaqua merchants are offering Hunger Walk Support Tags to their customers. Service and civic organizations as well as area churches are collecting food the first two weeks of May to contribute to the effort.

An Empty Bowl Dinner kicks off Tamaqua’s Hunger Weekend May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Soups from numerous Tamaqua restaurants and churches will be offered to attendees. The entrance fee includes a handcrafted ceramic bowl as long as supplies last. The gift bowl is to remind its owner of families in the community that may not have enough to eat. Zion is located at the corner of Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets in Tamaqua.

That same day at 7 p.m., Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church is hosting a family film night. Admission to see “Grace Unplugged” is one canned good item or monetary donation per person.

The third annual Tamaqua Hunger Walk caps of the weekend May 15. The walk begins at the St. Luke’s Medical Center (Dr. Krause’s office) parking lot at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to seek sponsors for the walk. Registration forms are available at the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network website at and at the Tamaqua Hunger Walk Facebook page.

Following the walk, Zion Lutheran will host an ice cream fellowship time.

The Hunger Weekend is a project of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.

For more information about the walk and registration forms, visit the Tamaqua Hunger Walk Facebook page or the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network’s website at

Contact Hunger Walk organizer Paul Dodson at 570-668-0289 or

Contact Empty Bowl Dinner organizer Judy Brennan at

Contact family film night organizer Cheryl Nemeth at

Bowls for the Empty Bowl Dinner

Judy and bowls

Empty Bowl Dinner organizer Judy Brennan examines two of the handcrafted bowls donated to the May 14 event. Some of the bowls were made at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Other bowls have been donated by art departments at Tamaqua Area HS and Freeland MMI and by several regional ceramic artisans. Those attending the Empty Bowl Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church will receive a handcrafted bowl (as long as supplies last) after sampling soups from numerous Tamaqua restaurants and churches. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m.

Last year’s results

2015 check

2015 RESULTS – Tamaqua Hunger Walk organizer Paul Dodson, third from the left, presents checks totalling $3,597 to representatives of Tamaqua’s three food banks: Samantha Gibbons for Trinity UCC; Major Sharon Whispell of the Salvation Army; and the Rev. Rodney Hall of the Primitive Methodist Church.