Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger & 5K Run Held on May 7, 2017

Project Bread, a pioneer of innovative programs and initiatives designed to eradicate hunger, today held its 49th annual Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the nation and largest one-day fundraiser to ease local hunger. Since 1969, the Walk for Hunger has received support from an estimated 1.2 million participants and has raised over $100 million in funding for grants statewide for emergency food programs, schools, summer food programs, community health centers, farmer’s markets, community suppers and urban agriculture programs.

With nearly 15,000 registered fundraising participants who began their Walk at the Boston Common (along with thousands of additional families and individuals who entered the historic 20-mile route at various entry points), the Walk is on track to raise $2.5 million; funds raised from the Walk and the 5K Run will provide critical financial support to more than 300 hunger relief programs across the state of Massachusetts.

“We have always believed that good food is a basic right for everyone,” said Ellen Parker, Project Bread’s executive director. “As the convener on this important public health issue, Project Bread continues to lead the way in Massachusetts by investing in innovative and effective programs that build food security at the community level—providing people of all ages, cultures and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food.”

According to Project Bread’s 2016 Status Report on Hunger, nearly 675,000 people in the Commonwealth lack reliable access to good food. For nearly five decades, the annual Walk for Hunger has been a community movement of neighbors helping neighbors.

“The work of the Walk doesn’t end when our thousands of supporters cross the finish line on May 7,” Parker said. “We fund emergency food services for…

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