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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Walk Day

1. When is the next Walk for Hunger

2. How can I participate in the Walk for Hunger?

3. How long is the Walk route?

4. Do I have to walk all 20 miles in order to particpate?

5. Where does the Walk for Hunger start and finish?

6. Do I need to bring anything with me on Walk Day?

7. Can I start from any Checkpoint along the route?

Registration

1. Does everyone have to register?

2. What is the registration fee?

3. Why is there a registration fee?

4. Why does the registration fee not show up in my Fundraising Honor Roll?

5. Can I get a refund on my registration fee?

6. If I registered last year, do I have to register again?

7. Can I register for the Walk for Hunger 5K Run or the Walk for Hunger on Walk Day?

8. Can I change my registration type?

Fundraising

1. What is the suggested fundraising minimum?

2. Where does the money go?

3. What is fundraising?

4. How do I fundraise?

5. What is a Walk fundraising page?

6. What is a Walk Center?

7. Do you accept checks?

Teams

1. What is a Team Captain?

2. As a Team Captain, do I get to choose a name for my team?

3. If I'm already registered, how do I join a team or change my team?

Technical Support

1. Once I log out, how do I log back in?

2. I think I've registered on this website before. How can I get my username and password?

3. How do I use my Walk Center?


Walk Day

 1. When is the next Walk for Hunger

The 2018 Walk for Hunger & 5K Run will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 – rain or shine!

 2. How can I participate in the Walk for Hunger?

There are many ways to participate in the Walk for Hunger! You must register in order to participate. All participants are strongly encouraged to fundraise to help us make the biggest impact, no matter the participation type:

  • Walker: Walk and fundraise to help end hunger in Massachusetts. The route is 20 miles, but you can walk however much you’d like. Remember, there are fundraising milestones you can hit to earn special Walk for Hunger exclusives! You can also lead a team of Walkers or join an existing team.
  • Heart & Sole: Aim high and join our elite group of supporters by fundraising $500 or more. Visit our Heart & Sole page to learn more about the important role you’ll play as a Heart & Sole walker as well as the exclusives you will receive!
  • 5K Runner: Is running more your speed? Join us for the 5K Run through Boston’s beautiful Back Bay neighborhood. The 5K Run kicks off just before the start of the Walk.
  • Virtual Walker: Can’t make it to Walk Day? No problem! You can register as a Virtual Walker and still receive tools and resources to help you fundraise, including a personal fundraising page!
  • Volunteer: We need thousands of volunteers each year at Boston Common, Arsenal Park, and at different Checkpoints along the route. Help us ensure we have a smooth, safe and fun event!

 3. How long is the Walk route?

The Walk for Hunger follows a historic 20-mile route. The Walk starts on Boston Common and weaves through Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge. The Walk finishes back on Boston Common.

 4. Do I have to walk all 20 miles in order to particpate?

No. You can walk as much as you want, from one mile to all 20! Complimentary shuttle buses are provided along the route to bring you back to Boston Common. No matter how far you walk, you can register as an individual, join a team, or form a team, and raise money for hungry people in Massachusetts.

 5. Where does the Walk for Hunger and Walk for Hunger 5K Run start and finish?

Both the Walk for Hunger and the 5K Run start and finish on Boston Common.

 6. Do I need to bring anything with me on Walk Day?

You do not need to bring anything specific with you for check-in, but all Walkers that have registered online should report to a Walker Check-In Tent on Boston Common. You will be able to turn in any cash or checks as well as pick up your t-shirt, 50th Walk sticker, button, and Walk Guide. Check-In Tents will open from 7:00am-9:30am. Remember to bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated, sunscreen, your own snacks if you prefer, and comfortable sneakers!

 7. Can I start from any Checkpoint along the route?

Yes, as long as you have already registered online, but you will only be able to pick up your Walk shirt and any other fundraising milestone exclusives on Boston Common.


Registration

 1. Does everyone have to register?

Yes, every participant must be registered to participate in the Walk for Hunger. It is critical that we account for an accurate number of participants in order to supply adequate volunteer support, first aid, water, and snacks along the route. Each registered participant over the age of 13 will receive a Walk for Hunger t-shirt at check-in on Boston Common.

 2. What is the registration fee?

  • Walk for Hunger registration fee for adults ages 18 and older is $25. Participants ages 13-17 can register at a discounted rate of $15. Kids ages 12 and under are required to register and will be given a Walk fundraising page but do not have a registration fee.
  • 5K Run registration fee varies by how early you register. Register before April 1st for a discounted registration fee of $30. Regular registration, held April 1 - May 5, is $35. Event Day registration is $40. All 5K runners will receive a Walk for Hunger t-shirt at check-in on the Boston Common.

 3. Why is there a registration fee?

The Walk was founded in 1969 as a community effort to raise precious dollars that fund anti-hunger organizations across the Commonwealth and impact the lives of food insecure individuals and families. The goal of the Walk has always been to collectively raise money that will be invested in solutions to end hunger in Massachusetts. However, the costs of producing an event of this magnitude continue to rise every year. This nominal registration fee will be used to offset event costs including public safety, ambulance and emergency medical services, and equipment rental, so that the Walk can continue to be a Massachusetts tradition for many years to come.

 4. Why does the registration fee not show up in my Fundraising Honor Roll?

The registration fee does not count toward your fundraising total and therefore will not show up in your Honor Roll.  Since the registration fee helps cover the costs of producing the event, it is not considered a tax-deductible donation. Having a registration fee helps to ensure that the fundraising dollars raised by the Walk continue to fund anti-hunger programs across the state. 

 5. Can I get a refund on my registration fee?

No, registration fees are non-refundable. If you are no longer able to physically be at the Walk for Hunger, we hope you will consider yourself a Virtual Walker and continue to raise money in support of statewide anti-hunger efforts.

 6. If I registered last year, do I have to register again?

Yes, regardless of past participation you will need to register for this year’s event. If you are a returning participant, please register with the same username and password you used in the past. By using your same username and password, your address book with your previous contacts’ email addresses will carry over into your current Walk Center. If you’ve forgotten this information, select "Forgot User Name?" or "Forgot Password?" on the login page  to retrieve or reset your credentials, which will be sent to the email that you registered with. You can also contact a Project Bread representative who will give you your login information by calling 617-723-5000, emailing walk@projectbread.org, or using our Live Chat Function on our website.

 7. Can I register for the Walk for Hunger 5K Run or the Walk for Hunger on Walk Day?

  • Walk for Hunger: Yes, you will be able to register for the Walk for Hunger and 5K Run at the respective registration tents on Boston Common.
  • 5K Run: We encourage all runners to register before May 6 because we offer early registration discount rates. The day of registration fee for the 5K Run is $40 and we cannot guarantee available t-shirt sizes.

 8. Can I change my registration type?

Yes. Often, participants register as individual Walkers, but later want to join a team, decide to form a team, or want to register to both walk and run. To change your participation type, please contact a Project Bread representative by calling 617-723-5000, emailing walk@projectbread.org, or using our Live Chat Function on our website.


Fundraising

 1. What is the suggested fundraising minimum?

The average fundraising amount for our Walkers is $250! We encourage everyone to strive to reach this as a minimum fundraising goal.

 2. Where does the money go?

Every year the money raised by the Walk for Hunger goes into the “Walk Fund”. Project Bread receives hundreds of grant applications from anti-hunger organizations around the state seeking funding for their programs. The amount and size of the grants awarded every year is directly determined by how much money the Walk succeeded in raising that year.  Programs that are funded by money raised by the Walk include: community meal programs, food pantries, local farms, community gardens, childhood nutrition initiatives, and much more! Here is the full list of 2017 Walk Grant Recipients whose funding was made possible by last year's Walk participants!

 3. What is fundraising?

Fundraising is how you help Project Bread make the biggest impact. In addition to walking or running, we encourage all of our participants to ask their network of family and friends to donate to their Walk. The more money our participants raise, the more money we will be able to give to programs that work to alleviate hunger in Massachusetts.


Reach our fundraising milestones to earn exclusives!

 4. How do I fundraise?

The most important rule of fundraising is to ask, ask, and ask! By participating in the Walk, you are supporting thousands of food-insecure residents in Massachusetts. That’s something you should be proud of! Share your participation in the Walk for Hunger with everybody you know. They can support your Walk by making a donation to your personal Walk Webpage.

Be sure to visit our Fundraising Resources page for tips and tricks.

 5. What is a Walk fundraising page?

Once registered, all participants (walkers, runners, virtual walkers, and volunteers) receive their own customizable fundraising webpage. This is the page that you share with friends and family so they can make an online donation to support your Walk.

 6. What is a Walk Center?

A Walk Center is a password-protected fundraising toolbox for everyone who registers online for the Walk for Hunger. The Walk Center allows you to update your Walk Webpage (and Team Page if you’re a Team Captain), track fundraising progress, and customize a URL to easily share your Walk fundraising page on social media, and email friends and family. It also gives you access to information on the Walk, fundraising tips, and fun tools to help promote your Walk.

 7. Do you accept checks?
Yes! Your donors are welcome to make contributions by check. Please have your donors make the checks out to “Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger” and have them write your name or your team’s name on the memo line. Please fill out and include a tally card each time you send in check donations for the Walk for Hunger. You can mail checks directly to the Project Bread Office:

Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger
Attn: Data Office
145 Border Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Please do not mail cash. You can bring cash donations with you to Walk Day. Remember to enter all check and cash donations in your Walk Center!

Teams

 1. What is a Team Captain?

A Team Captain is an awesome person who has formed a team for the Walk or Run! The Team Captain is the only member of a team who can edit the Team Page, post messages on the team members' Walk Centers, track the team’s full donation history, and set fundraising goals. Team Captains lead the charge in recruiting and motivating teammates to fundraise and participate in the Walk or Run.

 2. As a Team Captain, do I get to choose a name for my team?

Yes, you can choose a name for your team as long as it is a name that has not already been chosen by another Walk for Hunger team. Please use discretion - Project Bread has the right to request you change your team name if it is found to be offensive or inappropriate. If the Team Captain does not respond to the request in the time given, Project Bread has the right to change the team name.

 3. If I'm already registered, how do I join a team or change my team?

We would be happy to help make team changes for you. Please contact a Project Bread representative by calling 617-723-5000, emailing walk@projectbread.org, or using our Live Chat Function on our website.


Technical Support

 1. Once I log out, how do I log back in?

To log back in, visit www.projectbread.org/walk and click on the orange "Login to Walk Center" button on the top right of the page.

 2. I think I've registered on this website before. How can I get my username and password?

Click on the orange button at the top of the Walk for Hunger website that says "Login to Walk Center." There you will be able to select "Forgot User Name?" or "Forgot Password?" to retrieve or reset your login credentials, which will be sent to the email that you registered with. You can also contact a Project Bread representative who will give you your login information by calling 617-723-5000, emailing walk@projectbread.org, or using our Live Chat Function on our website.

 3. How do I use my Walk Center?
Please see the Walk Center Help page for detailed information on using your Walk Center.