Snohomish County woman walks the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money for Meals on Wheels

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Monica Reinoso will be away for 6 months and will travel 2,660 miles to raise funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – A local nurse assists local seniors in Snohomish County.

Monica Reinoso quits her job and packs her bags to hike the Pacific Coast Trail to raise money for a local Lynnwood-based nonprofit that delivers food to seniors, among other services.

“As a nurse, I’ve worked and see that our elders are sort of pushed aside or forgotten, and I’ve always had that in my heart,” Reinoso said.

Its 2,660 mile journey will begin in California on the Mexican border and end in Washington on the Canadian border. She hopes to raise $50,000 along her journey and raise awareness of hunger among seniors.

“We’re going to be out for six months,” Reinoso said.

Her journey will benefit Homage, Snohomish County’s largest service provider for seniors and people with disabilities. Each year, more than 25,000 people benefit from the Tribute programs. One of the most visible services is their Meals On Wheels program which provides groceries and meals to seniors across the county.

In 2020, Homage saw an almost 50% increase in meal demand. According to data from the organization, 48% of seniors currently have an income at or below the federal poverty level.

“In 2021, we served 435,000 meals, so growth volume and needs have increased significantly over the past 2 years,” said Leah Hammon, Director of Nutrition at Homage.

Reinoso will travel by van to the southern border this weekend and will begin hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to Canada on March 6. Her loyal companion, Theodore, a yellow Labrador, will join her for much of the trip with her family supporting her along the van ride. Theo will hitchhike with family members when the road gets too dangerous, Reinoso said.

You can consider donating on Homage’s website and follow her journey on Instagram @MonicaHikesForHunger starting in March.

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