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April 27, 2016
MEDIA ALERT: Mayor Walsh joins over 40,000 Massachusetts residents for the 48th annual Walk for Hunger & 5K Run

WHAT: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh joins Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread in the Heart & Sole Lounge to meet with the Walk for Hunger’s leading fundraisers and sponsors in celebration of the 48th annual Walk for Hunger. Immediately following, Walsh will join Parker on the main stage to formally kick-off the Walk. 

The Walk for Hunger is the country’s oldest continuous pledge walk, as well as the largest one-day fundraiser focused on alleviating hunger. Starting and finishing on the Boston Common, the day will kick-off with a 5K Run followed by the 10-mile Walk for Hunger. Since its inception in 1969, the Walk has generated more than a hundred million dollars for critical anti-hunger programs through individual contributions of less than $100—a powerful demonstration of neighbors caring for neighbors. 

WHEN:      Sunday May 1st 2016 6:30 to 4:00pm

  • 7:45am-8:00am: Walsh and Parker, Heart & Sole Lounge
  • 8:15am-8:25am: Walsh and Parker, Walk Village Stage


  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston
  • Ellen Parker, Executive Director, Project Bread

WHY: According to the USDA’s annual report on food security, released in September of 2015, more than 255,000 households across Massachusetts struggle to keep food on the table, including individuals, working poor families, seniors, and the disabled. That’s 9.6 percent of our neighbors, making impossible decisions each day about which bills to pay and needs to meet. The same report found that 4.1 percent of the state’s poorest citizens face “very low food security”—meaning actual hunger, or a frequent lack of access to food, and has remained unchanged from 2013.

WHERE: Boston Common, near Charles Street

Emily Abbott, 617-239-2545

Project Bread is the only statewide anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in our state. The Walk’s flagship sponsor is Arnold Bread; its leadership sponsors include Arbella Insurance Foundation, Raytheon Company, Eos Foundation, and Capital One. For more information, visit,, or 

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