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About the Walk for Hunger

The country's first pledge walk Long history of activism

On a rainy Sunday in 1969, they rallied 2,000 like-minded people to walk nearly 30 miles—the first Walk for Hunger and pledge walk in the country—raising $26,000 in pledges which funded two anti-hunger programs in Boston. Their steps had an immediate impact in making a difference in people's lives. And the rest...well, the rest is history.

From that year on, the 1st Sunday in May has been a call to action for residents of Massachusetts. Over the past 50 years, the Walk for Hunger has provided 1 billion meals to hungry people in our state and has been a vehicle to raise awarness and funds to support and expand community solutions to hunger throughout the state.

Walk for Hunger 2018 Impact Highlights

 In 2018, Walk for Hunger participants raised $2.4 million to support solutions to hunger in Massacussetts and raised compassion and awareness.

Community Program Grants

 Community Program Grants

Enabled $1 million of financial support to 315 community-based programs addressing hunger in 97 cities and towns across Massachusetts. These programs offer multiple strategies to provide residents with access to food throughout the year. 

Funding Research


Invested in research to look deeply at the causes of hunger in some of our state's highest-need communities to inform strategies and best help those in need.

Statewide solutions

 Statewide Solutions

Supported statewide solutions to hunger, including expanding support to enroll residents in federal nutrition programs that help residents reliably access and afford food.

 Walk for Hunger  Registration Tents  Romero
 Keytar Bear  Starting line  Hunger Solutions Village