The Walk for Hunger

Learn how you can support the largest community fundraiser to alleviate hunger in Massachusetts and raise the issue of hunger in our state.

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May 7, 2023 | Boston Common

The Walk for Hunger | 2023

Ready to help your neighbors facing hunger? Start your personal fundraiser or fundraising team today and start raising money to fund solutions that increase food access across Massachusetts, so no one goes hungry!

Registration for the 55th Walk for Hunger will open mid-February 2023

We're working now to get it all set up for you to register as soon as possible! We are hoping to have it open for you by mid-February. We can't wait to Walk with you, too —thank you!

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The 54th Walk for Hunger | 2022 Virtual

Watch our Walk Day Livestream

Project Bread streamed live on Facebook Sunday morning, May 1, 2022 to celebrate 1,593 walkers all across the country helping their neighbors living without enough to eat by raising funds and awareness walking in their communities. 

We're leaving our marks all over social media with #WalkForHunger and tagging @ProjectBread.

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An extraordinary event sustained by ordinary people.

Over five decades, The Walk for Hunger has generated more than a hundred million dollars -  through individual contributions of less than $100 - to fund solutions to hunger in Massachusetts.

Help raise $1 million for hunger relief in Massachusetts.

In 1969, The Walk for Hunger was founded on the promise, by the people of Massachusetts, to provide relief to our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. Although events on Sunday, May 1, 2022 will take place virtually, our promise remains the same.

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Promote The Walk

Help spread the word about The 2022 Walk for Hunger!

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Offline Fundraising Tools

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Your 2021 Impact

A Community Response for COVID-19 Hunger Crisis Relief

Events for the 53rd Walk for Hunger were held virtually on May 2, 2021, and dedicated supporters got active in their neighborhoods and communities, raising more than $1.1 million to get COVID-19 food relief to kids and families across the state.

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Funding Opportunity for Anti-Hunger Partners

The Commonwealth

Through The Walk for Hunger's program called The Commonwealth, your organization can form a fundraising team and keep 60% of the funds for your own work.

Anti-hunger partners across Massachusetts have already started joining the Commonwealth and forming teams to take advantage of this great funding opportunity for their work.

Why Walk?

For a generation, The Walk for Hunger has been the achievement not of individuals or particular groups, but of an entire community.

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Having enough food is a basic human right, and Project Bread's Walk for Hunger is one of the most important causes that I support.”

Heart & Sole Fundraiser and 29-year Walker, 2019 Walk for Hunger

Your Legacy

Over five decades of impact

In 1969, Patrick Hughes had an idea; The Walk for Hunger. He put his revolutionary idea into action, to catalyze five decades of social justice, grassroots activism, and anti-hunger impact in Massachusetts. 



The 1st Pledge Walk in the Country

A group of activists from the Paulist Center in downtown Boston, led by Patrick Hughes, established the very first pledge walk in the country. An estimated 2,000 people walked an astounding 29.6 mile trek through Quincy, raising $26,000 to help fund two hunger projects. The Walk had two purposes: raise funds to help people experiencing hunger and stand together for social justice and social change that would eventually eliminate hunger. This is still true today and continues to be an annual force for change. 

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Building on Success


The Walk moves to Boston

After the success of the first Walk for Hunger, Patrick moves the event to Boston, where it has stayed for five decades. 2,000 concerned citizens once again come together and walk 25 miles, a slightly shorter route.

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Reducing the route

The Walk for Hunger route is reduced from 25 miles to 20 miles—the same distance it is today. About 1,000 people complete the new route that takes them from Government Center through the South End, South Boston, Beacon Hill, and Allston, and finishes at the Boston Common.

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The 1st decade


Celebrating 10 Years of Impact

With nearly 10% of people in Massachusetts living below the poverty line, hunger persists in the Commonwealth. Nearly 3,000 people participate in the 10th Anniversary of The Walk for Hunger and help raise much needed funds, grants were awarded to 34 emergency food programs.

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Fundraising Milestone


The 1st Million-Dollar Walk

The first time The Walk for Hunger raised $1 million! 11,000 people participated to help feed hungry families in Massachusetts, including, then Senator, John Kerry. 

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Going Strong


The Walk for Hunger’s 30th anniversary

Despite a strong economy, hunger was continuing to rise in Massachusetts. Concerned citizens in the Bay State filled Boston Common to participate, raising $3 million to support more than 350 emergency food programs.

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COVID-19 Crisis Response


Going virtual

The Walk was less than a month away when the state shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic reaching Massachusetts. For the first time ever, The Walk for Hunger occurred virtually. Despite not being together, 1,700 participants raised $1.3 million, funds that were instrumental in enabling Project Bread to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 hunger crisis in the early days of closures and layoffs.  

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COVID-19 Crisis Response


Fundraising virtually from 29 states

The Walk for Hunger celebrated its 52nd year virtually for the 2nd year due to health concerns of the pandemic. That didn't stop 1,545 participants and 241 teams from raising $1.3 million for COVID-19 hunger relief, many walking in their "pods" on the first Sunday in May, across the state—and across the country.

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