Project Bread Raises $3.8M in Its Annual Walk for Hunger
May 3, 2010 More than 42,000 people took to the streets around Boston yesterday in the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, sponsored by Project Bread, the states leading anti-hunger organization, to raise $3.8 million.
The event attracted more than 1,000 religious organizations, as well as 1,200 corporate teams, 1,200 schools, and 700 friends and family groups.
This Walk for Hunger demonstrates the level of commitment that people have for helping their hungry neighbors, said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread
. We were down five percent and put out a call for help. Support from our Walkers, Volunteers, and corporate and media sponsors poured in. Were delighted to say that weve closed the gap and made our goal of $3.8 million for hungry people.
Project Bread based in East Boston, will use the funds to help more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs in 135 communities across Massachusetts.
When so many people are strapped, its heartening to see so many Walkers show their support for those struggling to put food on the table, Parker said. Our Walkers, Volunteers, and donors are the heroes of this event. Theyve come out to help those who are hurting as never before. We put out a call for their help and theyve answered. Even the weather cooperated and we hope thats sign of better days to come.
Since 1969, Project Bread has raised over $74 million with an estimated 992,000 participants walking 19 million miles to nourish hungry families and individuals.
The 20-mile walk, supported by 2,000 volunteers, took participants from the Boston Common through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge before returning to the Boston Common.
Times are still tough and a lot of people are suffering in silence, says Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. The funds raised by The Walk for Hunger go directly to purchase emergency food for hungry people in our neighborhoods and hometowns. And our 40,000 Walkers send a strong message that we are all in this together.
Last fall, Project Bread reported that 554,000 people in the state were struggling with hunger food insecurity.
The Walk for Hunger provides grants to 400 emergency food programs, including soup kitchens, food pantries, food banks, and food salvage organizations each September. These programs served nearly 57.8 million emergency meals last year to people who had no other place to go. Since 1969, the Walk has spurred 1,002,800 walkers to log 20,818,800 miles and raise more than $77.8 million.