Project Bread's Walk for Hunger will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 – rain or shine!
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:
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.
No. You can hop on a complimentary shuttle bus along the route at any of the 8 Checkpoint that will take you back to Boston Common. Checkpoints are located at miles 5, 7.5, 9.5, 11.5, 14, or 16.5. But those are just where we have buses, you can choose to stop walking at any point!
Both the Walk for Hunger and the 5K Run start and finish on Boston Common.
The only must is comfortable shoes! But we do have some other recommendations. Cash & check donations—you can turn these in at check-in. A refillable water bottle. Sunscreen. A change of socks if you plan on walking far. Layers, depending on the forecast you may want a rain jacket, wind breaker, or a warmer layer you can shed in the afternoon. Check the forcast to best prepare, this is a rain or shine event and in 50 years, we've seen it all!
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.
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 adult registered participant will receive a Walk for Hunger t-shirt at check-in on Boston Common.
The short answer is, so we can continue having it. The long answer, 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.
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 email@example.com, or using our Live Chat Function on our website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or using our Live Chat Function on our website.
The average fundraising amount for our Walkers is $300. We encourage everyone to strive to reach this as a minimum fundraising goal.
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!
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.
Ask, ask, and ask! 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 don't forget we are here to help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We would be happy to help make team changes for you. Please contact a Project Bread representative by calling 617-723-5000, emailing email@example.com, or using our Live Chat Function on our website.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or using our Live Chat Function on our website.