Published: Jan 25, 2011 4:44 AM EST
Updated: Jan 24, 2011 11:09 PM EST

ESTERO, Fla.-More than 500 people joined WINK News to take a stand in the fight against hunger. The WINK News Feeds Families Walk took place Saturday morning at the Miramar Outlets in Estero. Before the event started, members of the WINK News team energized the crowd, getting them ready to walk.

"We feed over 30,000 people a month with the food that comes to the food bank," said Jo Anna Bradshaw, an organizer for the walk.

Bradshaw says hunger in the United States is the worst it has been in decades.

"4O million people in the U.S. experience food insecurity. 40 % of that are children," she said.

As a teacher at Sunshine Elementary in Lehigh Acres Rose Erdstein see how big the need is first- hand.

"Children say they don't have food at home and they're hungry," Erdstein said. "It's very sad."

The WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk raised an outstanding $215,000. With the community's help, we were able to exceed our goal by over 40,000.

"It's going to help us distribute about 1.3 pounds of food to the community," explained Bradshaw.

This was the third annual hunger walk, and already people are preparing for next year's.