Walk Against Hunger
ABOUT THE WALK
The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger provides much-needed support for all of our 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.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Foodshare on May 4th. As of Friday, June 13 we have not only reached, but exceeded, our goal of $650,000 to continue fighting hunger here in greater Hartford!
This year's Walk brought out thousands of people despite the threat of rain! Teams were grouped by type, battling it out for the most donations raised. The winners will be announced here by June 15:
Top Overall Walker: Ann Thomas $7,760
Top Overall Business: The Hartford - Enterprise Business Services with $32,260
Business: Okay Hunger Stampers with $6,873
Civic: South Fire District Firefighters with $2,000
Faith: First Presbyterian Church Team with $9,812
School: Enfield Montessori with $3,099
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Thanks to all of our dedicated sponsors who continue to make this event possible:
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 2014, and the event grew to nearly 4,000 walkers who raised over $650,000.
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 anti-hunger 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.