Project Bread on Track to Raise $2M in Annual Walk for Hunger

May 10, 2019 — Project Bread, an East Boston-based nonprofit, the only statewide anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, this week announced its recently held annual Walk for Hunger, the country's oldest pledge walk, is on track to meeting its goal to raise $2 million.

Funds raised via the Walk will support ongoing programs of Project Bread aimed at preventing and ending hunger, including soup kitchens, food pantries, food rescue, organizations.

The event, held May 5, attracted nearly 9,000 participants, supported by 1,000 volunteers, who walked one of three routes, either 20 miles, three miles, or a 5K run though Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

Erin McAleer, president of Project Bread, called the fifty-first Walk for Hunger "a huge success.“

"Thousands of people braved the cold and drizzly weather to come out in support of the one in 10 households in Massachusetts that struggle to put food on the table," she said. “While the weather forecast impacted our day of registration and participation numbers, the walkers, runners, volunteers, sponsors and elected officials who did show up generated awareness for an often invisible problem, collectively making a bold statement that hunger is unacceptable."

New this year, as part of a pilot program, like-minded community organizations, many of which have been beneficiaries of the walk in years past and agencies that participated as teams, had the opportunity to walk and run to raise money to support their own work while also furthering Project Bread’s mission. Sixty percent of all funds raised by participating teams will go directly to support their own organization, with the remaining 40% going to the Walk fund in support of statewide grants.

Funds generated by the Walk for Hunger represent 40% of Project Bread’s overall annual fundraising efforts.

Sponsors included Capital One, Toast Inc., Quincy Mutual, Bay State Milling Company, and Brookline Bank.

New this year was the three-mile loop, which like the 20-mile route and 5K started and finished at the Boston Common.

Also new this year was the opportunity for community organizations and agencies that participated as teams to walk and run to raise money to support their own work, in addition to supporting Project Bread.

According to Project Bread:
  • One in eight children in Massachusetts—a total of 167,450—don't reliably have enough food to eat.

  • In 2017, 720,000 people, or one in 10 Massachusetts residents didn't have enough to eat.

  • In 2017, the food insecurity rate in Massachusetts is 27% was higher than it was 10 years ago.
Food security refers to a household's physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that fulfills the dietary needs and food preferences of that household for living an active and healthy life.