Benefit walk raises money for ailing food pantry

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Bay Ridge walker Teresa Mekhail and her Pomeranian, Leo, were proud to put their best foot — and paw — forward.
Mega the mutt follows up her brisk walk with a rollicking romp.
Big-hearted (from left) Nadia Reyes, and Vivian and Miriam Soto offer others food for thought by participating in the anti-hunger walk.
Marsel Stanley, Cache Ellington and Ashley Hamblet (from left) chill out with a woof-tastic pal.

Even mutts were moved to put a wag-tastic paw forward when big-hearted Brooklynites took the war against hunger to the streets on Saturday to help a cash-strapped Bensonhurst food pantry.

The third annual benefit for Reaching–Out Community Services had the community and its canines teaming up for a brisk, two-mile trek around Dyker Beach Park on 86th Street and Seventh Avenue to raise money for the embattled soup kitchen, which serves thousands of families in need, but whose future looks bleak due to budget cuts.

“Our clients have pets and we’re trying to raise funds to feed them,” said Francine Russo, who helps to coordinate the walk each year.

Pets and people pounding the pavement for a good cause made for a touching sight, added the vollie.

“It was a beautiful thing,” she glowed, noting that the money raised would help the pantry chug along for a while — but then what?

The woman said the toughest part of her job was telling families that they must go on a waiting list.

“You see the tears in their eyes, and we don’t like to turn them away” she said.

Nobody went hungry that day: walkers and their four-legged pals enjoyed lunch as part of the fundraiser.

Reaching Out Community Services [7708 New Utrecht Ave. between Seventh and Eighth avenues, (718) 373-4565].

Posted 12:00 am, October 20, 2011
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