The 8th annual Friends of the Poor Walk will be held September 12, starting at 8 a.m. in Adams Park.
Sponsored by the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)—based at St. Stephen Catholic Church—the annual event benefits the needy who live in Valley Center and Pauma Valley. It is the only fundraiser for the SVdP, which operates the Food Pantry for all those, of any faith, who are in need.
The walk will begin on Saturday, September 12 starting at 8 a.m. at Adams
Park, 28751 Cole Grade Road in Valley Center. Free t-shirts are available to the first 100 walkers who register.
Some of the local sponsors whose names will appear on the t-shirts are: Armstrong’s Egg Ranch, Bates Nut Farm, Community Pharmacy, Solar Water, Stehly Drilling, Terry’s Auto Repair , Tortilleria Mi Rancho, Valley Center Orthodontics, Valley Center Vet Clinic and the Yogurt Shop.
The walk will be along the Heritage Trail which is a smooth, level trail. There are mile markers along the trail. You decide your distance. Some walkers go one mile while others go the five miles round trip.
Water and restroom facilities will be provided along the trail. The walk will end with free home-made breakfast burritos, drinks, and fellowship at the park.
The Friends of the Poor® Walk/ Run is a national program that provides funding for local St. Vincent de Paul conferences. Funds raised from these events remain local, allowing local SVdP Conferences to provide assistance to those in need.
Last year, over 4,500 SVdP Conferences provided 11.5 million service hours to help almost 15 million people in the United States. The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, located at 31020 Cole Grade Rd, Valley Center is open every Saturday from 8:30–10 a.m. Currently, about 60 to 70 families come for food each Sat- urday. Usually the pantry receives some food from FEMA, but most of the food is purchased or donated.
Last year, over $20,000 was spent to purchase items like beans, rice, soup, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, tuna, cereal, diapers and soap. The pantry also appreciates donations of nonperishable items or cash.