Photo by Westwood Minute/Darlene Wong Cancell. Participants in the Interfaith Mini Walk for Hunger included members of houses of faith and residents from Westwood and beyond.
Despite a grey sky and lightly falling rain, about fifty community members gathered to walk through the neighborhood around Westwood's Temple Beth David, participating the 13th annual Interfaith Mini Walk for Hunger, a fundraiser to benefit Project Bread, the statewide anti-hunger organization.
Event co-organizers Connie Rizoli and Dr. Jeff Greenwald of Temple Beth David had announced that the walk would go on, rain or shine, because the problem of hunger doesn't stop with a change in the weather.
The crowd was reduced from the previous year, but by the beginning of the event, dedicated members of the community had already raised over $10,000 for the cause of addressing food insecurity. A final tabulation of the donations had not yet been made at the end of the event, as donations have continued to come in.
Note: The sales tax/transfer fee on homes in Westwood proposed by Select Board Chair Marianne LeBlanc Cummings would be in addition to the existing transfer tax of $4.56 per $1,000 (about 0.5%). On a home sold for $1 million (near the average in Westwood), the existing tax is $4,560.