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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.

Your Impact

 In 2019, participants and supporters of The Walk for Hunger raised more than $2 million to support solutions to hunger in Massacussetts! 

Community Program Grants

 Community Program Grants

Your fundraising made it possible to provide more than $1 million in grants to support community-based programs addressing hunger across Massachusetts, including: local food pantries, meal programs, food rescue, and community farms. 

Funding Research

 Advocacy & Research 

Your fundraising dollars were put into action advocating for wide-scale policy changes that will have a big impact to reduce food insecurity across the state. 

Your fundraising was invested in rearch 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

The dollars you raised helped schools in low-income communities serve healthier food and breakfast to more students, helped food-insecure residents enroll in SNAP, and open new summer meal site locations so more children can be served free meals daily in the summer while school is out. 


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