One in every five children in Polk County will go to bed hungry tonight.
Hundreds of people walked the streets of Des Moines on Sunday afternoon hoping to change that.
“It feels great, like we’re really doing something worthwhile,” said supporter Peggy Brown.
The annual Hunger Hike kicked off the World Hunger Week.
Sunday’s event raised money for area food pantries that are struggling to feed the hungry. The need for food is greater than ever this year, organizers said.
“Giving has been down for the past few years so we’ve really doubled our efforts this year to try and get more people out to raise the consciousness about hunger issues here in central Iowa,” said Sue Golightly, President of the Des Moines Hunger Hike.
The organization hopes to raise $40,000 this year.