America Hunger Walk

For: Feeding America
Organizer: Eric Armstrong
America Hunger Walk  (Feeding America)
$3,881
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 53 donors
77% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

90% of your donation will go directly to Feeding America

My name is Eric Armstrong, I'm from Danbury, Connecticut, and I am 24 years old. On April 2nd, 2013 I will be leaving from Brewster, Massachusetts, to continue my solo walk across the United States, ending in San Francisco, California.

This walk was originally spurred from my interest in traveling, meeting new people, and a strong desire to discover the essence and heartbeat of the American land and its people. However, I realized that a walk of this magnitude could certainly serve as the catalyst to raise money for the problem of hunger in America. For two years, I have worked in the kitchen of a children's camp and have witnessed firsthand children who were afraid they might not have enough to eat when they returned home. Hunger is a serious issue that affects not only millions of Children in America, but adults and seniors alike.

When you donate to my cause, ninety percent of your donation will be given directly to Feeding America. The remaining ten percent will be used on my walk to supplement costs of meals, places to sleep, and any emergencies I encounter. Donations will be accepted securely through my verified Paypal account, and at my earliest ability I will send the contribution through to the Feeding America website. Please know that YouCaring.com does not take any percentage of the money raised so you can be sure that your generous gift is making a difference.

I will be keeping a blog along the way with written entries, pictures, and video updates so that donators can follow my progress as well as stay in contact.

Please help feed Americans and feed one who walks their lands. Thank you!

You can find my blog here:  http://wander---lust.blogspot.com/
You can read more about the Feeding America charity here: http://feedingamerica.org/

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 12, 2013

Posted on May 12, 2013

Hello everyone! I've put alot of thought into it, days and days of going back and forth, and I've decided that from this point on, my cross-country journey will not be exclusively a walking trip.

So far I have walked almost 300 miles from Provincetown, MA to Wassaic, NY, in just over a month's time. This has been an amazing journey in itself and I feel very blessed and proud to have completed it without any major problems. I had overwhelming support from all my family and friends, and together we were able to raise almost $4,000 to fight hunger in America. The universe gave me an almost completely sunny four weeks during which I learned countless lessons about my body's limits, the kindness of strangers, and what it really takes to immerse yourself in this type of solitary lifestyle.

However, it has become more and more clear to me that I need to be honest with myself about what I am trying to get out of this trip, and the type of fulfillment I am truly searching for. From the outset, I never wanted this trip to be about the accomplishment of walking the United States or have it just act as a means to an end. It's more about the process of the journey itself, the people I meet along the way, and my ability to share kindess and love with strangers as well as everyone I am missing back home.

Even as early as mid-April, as I was coming off Cape Cod, I started to realize that one day I could be having these amazing travel experiences, meeting new people, and exploring the country, and I could do so in a way that didn't make it so difficult on my body and spirit. Recently I've felt an overwhelming urge to reevaluate this trip, and I wanted to take the time here to explain my decision to everyone, straight from my heart.

Basically what it came down to in the end was a case of the Cons overshadowing the Pros in this walking lifestyle. First, although my body was getting stronger from long periods of walking with the pack, the pain in my feet never really went away, and often I would end up feeling axious or worried throughout the day about the possibility of injuring my foot again. Second, food and water availability was another thing I would sometimes get stressed over. Walking 11 miles on a hot day, on asphault, up and down hills, dodging cars, and not being properly fed or hydrated: it can really take something away from the beautiful scenery around you. I recently faced this problem and it was the first time I had to consider the reality of living without proper nourishment. It's not fun! Third, the simple fact that unless I was staying at some kind stranger's place, I was completely alone. I felt like I was prepared for this aspect of the trip, but I believe I may have been wrong. Although it was nice camping out on quiet, calm nights, there is something about having no cell phone reception and no way to leave but your own two feet that can make the night about 100 times lonelier. Problems like these made me think: "If I'm feeling more lonely & stressed than I am fulfilled & happy, why should I continue this way?"

I know all of this sounds like I am totally knocking the walking experience, which is completely not the case. These were some of the only Cons of the trip, but they turned out to be big ones for me. For another person, with a different body, or a different life situation, or with a different background experience, these things could turn out to be trivial and easily overlooked. But for me personally, I just realized that I had to trust in my heart that I know what is best for me. I didn't want to continue to push my body and spirit past my limits just for some stubborn sense of accomplishment. That's not me!

The whole point of this trip was to throw myself into some adventurous and uncomfortable territory so that I could experience, learn, and move on from there. I feel like I have done that, and now it is time to move on to the next step. Although it was hard to feel like I wasn't 'giving up' when I first made this decision, I really don't feel that way at all going forward. I am still going to head West across the country: walking, hiking, eating, meeting new people, exploring, and reflecting. How, you ask? By car, of course!

Right now I'm looking to buy a used car, and once I find a good one I will be leaving as soon as possible from Danbury towards California. I have some destinations and stops in mind, but I will try to make the trip as open-ended as possible. Having a car in the equation will simply allow me to carry more supplies, zoom in and out of places quickly, have some type of shelter in bad weather, and will make food budgeting a bit easier too. I still want to walk in different places for at least a couple hours a day, and I will continue to update my blog as a travel journal.

I hope that you will all support me in this decision, and I want to thank everyone who has supported me, cheered me on, and donated to my fundraiser; you are all my inspirations and you make me feel proud to know and love such amazing people.

Much Love!

- Eric


Posted on April 5, 2013

Posted on April 5, 2013

Well, after a long period of rest and training I am about to get back on the road! Tomorrow I am leaving again from Brewster, MA to continue my walk. I am feeling good physically and mentally, and I can't wait to really hit my stride and see what the world has to offer me. Thank you all for supporting me; make sure to check out my blog for updates!

Posted on February 25, 2013

Posted on February 25, 2013

Walk update: I went to the doctor this morning and unfortunately I am going to have to take a month off from walking due to an achilles injury. It seems like my body wasn't quite ready for the day after day intensity of walking so far with so much weight on my back. Ill spend some time stretching, letting my muscles heal, and creating a more gradual training schedule. Ive learned so much already from my first days of walking; after this period of down time hopefully Ill be more prepared than ever! Thank you all again for contributing to such an important charity and for believing in me. Trying to keep my spirits up, and wishing the best for all my family and friends supporting me

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