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Friends of the Poor turn out for sixth annual march


September 16, 2013
Early on the morning of Sept. 14, 74 people marched along Valley Center Road as part of the sixth annual Friends of the Poor Walk. They began at Adams Park at 8:30 a.m., and marched along the Heritage Trail before returning to the park for free t-shirts and breakfast.

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The Friends of the Poor walk aims to assist local families in need. Photo by Michael Crane/ Valley Roadrunner
All proceeds from the event will go toward feeding needy families in Valley Center and Pauma Valley by raising funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Walkers had friends and families sponsor them on their walk. Some marched for one mile on the Heritage Trail, and some went even further.

"It was a privilege to walk and to be sponsored by all the wonderful people at the church," said Bernie Embury, who was marched in the Friends of the Poor Walk all six years. "Although you might be struggling or you've lost your home, there is always someone out there that is less fortunate than you are, that has worse problems than you have."

The Food Pantry is always looking for help to feed the more than 800 families who are registered for food. It is located in the lower parking lot of St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 31020 Cole Grade Road in Valley Center.

The walkers are expressed gratitude to Armstrong Egg Farm, Albertsons, Bate's Nut Farm, and Solar Rain for their generous support of the event.

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