Walk Against Hunger

Walk Crowd 2013

ABOUT THE WALK

Generic Foodshare Walk LogoThe Foodshare Walk Against Hunger provides much-needed support for all of our participating program partners. Over 128,000 people, including 50,000 children, are in need of emergency food assistance in the greater Hartford region each year. Foodshare is working to address this issue by engaging the community at-large and building a movement focused on decreasing the need of our hungry neighbors. The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is one key way in which we, as a community, can raise awareness of hunger. Register online if you're ready to take the plunge!

OUR 2014 SPONSORS

Thanks to all of our dedicated sponsors who continue to make this event possible:

PRESENTING SPONSOR

The Hartford 2011 Walk Logo 

PLATINUM SPONSOR

DIAMOND SPONSOR

 

The Chase Family

Foundations

Issuers of

The Chase Challenge


United Healthcare 2011 Walk Sponsor Logo

GOLD SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSORS

 

Webster Bank logo 2013

 

2014 Cigna logo Walk

        Aetna Logo 2013 

McPhee Electric Logo 2014

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

 

AMP Radio

CT Dairy/The Great American Milk Drive

McCarter & English, LLP

Perfect Promotions

Sacred Rivers Yoga

Wakefern ShopRite

Windsor Federal Savings

 

 

A BIT OF HISTORY

The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger made its debut in 1983 - just one year after Foodshare first opened its doors. One hundred walkers came out that year, raising a whopping $3,000. Flash forward to 2012, and the event grew to nearly 5,000 walkers who raised $602,000.

What is the secret to the Walk's continued appeal and incredible growth? It’s people with a passion to help end hunger in our communities. In 1989, one such volunteer stepped into the role of Walk Committee Chair and brought together a dedicated team of volunteers to triple participation and increase donations to $25,000.  Their efforts engaged more people and involved community partners, and even brought Connecticut National Bank in as one of the first corporate sponsors.

Of course, this achievement did not go unnoticed by Foodshare’s Board of Directors. Looking to the success of similar events held in Boston and Atlanta, Foodshare expanded the Walk again by inviting local anti-hunger partners to participate. One of the unique aspects of the Walk is that it has become a collaborative fundraising effort, raising funds not only for Foodshare, but for any partner that commits to join the event as a benefiting program.  The agencies then recruit people and teams to raise donations and share in the proceeds of the event. Over the past decade the Walk has enabled Foodshare’s partners, many without a dedicated fundraising staff of their own, the opportunity to raise thousands of dollars.

The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is now the largest event of its kind in the state of Connecticut. It unites an entire community of people, all working to end hunger in our region. Did that first Walk Committee know what they had set in motion? Probably not, but taking small steps in the right direction can lead to great things.  Register for the 31st Annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger on May 4 and take a step towards building a movement to end hunger for good.