The Hunger Walk/Run raises funds and awareness for hunger relief through a sponsored 5K event every spring. Whether you choose to walk or run, you’ll join thousands coming together to support our neighbors in need and celebrate the work that’s being done. The festival atmosphere before and after the Walk/Run includes food, games and live music. We’ve even got entertainers stationed along the route through historic downtown Atlanta.

Collect and Donate

Collect funds from friends, neighbors and associates online at, or simply turn in your donations on the day of the event. If you want to support the Hunger Walk/Run, but can’t attend, you can make a secure online donation at, or mail your check attention:

Hunger Walk/Run
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318-6628


The Hunger Walk/Run generates valuable funds for the Food Bank and other local nonprofit organizations that operate and support food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and other programs for people in need of food assistance. These benefiting partner organizations help recruit participants and receive a percentage of the funds raised.

For more information, contact Hunger Walk/Run at or 404.892.FEED (3333) x1246.


How does the Hunger Walk/Run work?
Walkers and runners of all ages and athletic abilities can participate in the 5K Walk/Run as individuals, or together as families, groups or teams. Each participant solicits sponsorship from friends and associates prior to the day of the event. Walkers and runners can arrive any time after the gates open at Noon to enjoy the festivities. Prior to step off, there will be a stage show with live music and high energy warm-ups. Volunteers are stationed along the route to provide needed assistance and water stops. Atlanta City Police provide traffic control throughout the route as well, and nurses are available for any first-aid needs.  We’ll also have live entertainment along the way to cheer on our participants as you walk or run!

When and where does the Hunger Walk/Run take place?
Our next Hunger Walk/Run will happen on March 5, 2017. Gates open at Noon, step-off is at 2:00 p.m. and the park closes at 4:00 p.m. It all gets started at the Green Lot and the 5K route takes participants through downtown Atlanta and around the state Capitol.

How did the Hunger Walk/Run begin?
It began in 1984 as a grassroots movement in response to the issue of local hunger and poverty. Back then, it was just a walk, but it was 10 miles long! Over 1,000 walkers raised $30,000. It continued as an all-volunteer effort until 1988 when it became a special project of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. As the event continued to grow through the years, it moved to Turner Field and also invited runners to participate. In 2015, over 15,000 people came to the Hunger Walk/Run and raised over $800,000 for local hunger relief!

How do I register to participate as a walker or runner, or form my team?
You can pre-register online any time before the event by visiting Online registration will be closed on Friday at noon before the event, but participants can still register on-site the day of the event starting at Noon by visiting the Registration Tent.  

Can’t attend the event, but still want to contribute and make a difference?
If you want to support the Hunger Walk/Run, but can’t attend, you can make a secure online donation at, or mail your check attention:

Hunger Walk/Run
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318-6628

Please make checks payable to Hunger Walk/Run and only mail checks, money orders or certified bank checks. Please don’t mail cash.     

What if my employer offers Matching Gifts for my donations?
This is a great benefit! Please ask your Accounting or HR department for appropriate paperwork and submit along with your registration or any donations, so that we can fulfill any necessary documentation accordingly. Please contact with any other questions. 

Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes. Cancelled checks or credit card statements may serve as proof of donations under $250. Any donation exceeding $250 will require a receipt, which is available upon request.  

For tax purposes - The Atlanta Community Food Bank Tax ID/EIN Number is: 58-1376648.

*You can request a copy of our 501c(3) letter or W-9 by emailing or calling 404-892-3333 x1246.

The Hunger Walk/Run raises funds for hunger relief.  Who actually gets the money?
The Atlanta Community Food Bank organizes the event, but there are five other benefiting partner organizations that also receive funds: Episcopal Charities Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Presbyterian Answer To Hunger (PATH), and St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Can children participate?
Definitely! It’s a great way for families to spend quality time together and make a difference for those in need. There’s a family fun “carnival” area with a variety of games, inflatables, food vendors and more. Strollers are welcome so you can bring the very youngest members of your family!

Can I bring my dog or other family pets?
Unfortunately, due to Turner Field sanitary and safety regulations, we are not allowed to have family pets at the event. Service animals are, of course, welcome.

Where do I park or can I take public transportation?
Parking is FREE in the Blue, Orange, and Gold lots at Turner Field. We encourage carpooling!  *Park in the Blue Lot if possible to avoid having to cross the street. 

Riding MARTA: 
The closest MARTA station to Turner Field is the Georgia State station on the blue/green rail line. Walking time is about 25 minutes (approximately five blocks) to Turner Field. From the station, turn left on Piedmont Avenue and walk south toward the Capitol. View more details.

In case of inclement weather is there a rain-date?
No. The Hunger Walk/Run will occur rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather. In case of extreme weather circumstances, please call 404-892-9822 x1246 and listen to the recorded message with any weather related event updates. If the event is forced to cancel for any reason, there will not be any refunds, and your registration fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. 

How do I get a Hunger Walk/Run t-shirt?
All walkers who raise or contribute $25 or more will be eligible to receive one Hunger Walk/Run event t-shirt. If you’re a runner, your registration fee entitles you to a moisture-wicking runners t-shirt.  All t-shirts will be distributed the day of the event only. If you preregistered online, please be sure to print out your online confirmation and bring it with you to receive your t-shirt.

Where can I meet my group or team?
Select a place to meet your group or team and confirm with them before going to the event.  We have a “Meet Your Team” tent onsite which is a good spot to gather.  Also, please advise your group or team to bring their cell phones.  A sitemap and information tents will be available day-of-event. 

Can I volunteer to work this event? 
Absolutely! We have over 400 volunteers helping to facilitate the day-of-event. You’ll first need to sign up to volunteer and receive your volunteer assignment/confirmation beforehand. Get more information on volunteering at Hunger Walk/Run


Thanks to all our 2017 sponsors!

Participating Restaurants

Dining out? Eat at one of these restaurants and donate an amount of any size to Hunger Walk/Run now through March 5, 2017! Just add it to your check!

Alma Cocina    
Cakes & Ale
D.B.A Barbecue
Ecco Restaurant
JCT Kitchen  
King + Duke
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
La Tavola Trattoria   
Levy Restaurants
Lobby Bar and Bistro    
Local Three Kitchen & Bar
Muss & Turner's
No. 246   
One Midtown Kitchen   
Room at TWELVE Centennial Park
Six Feet Under - Grant Park
Six Feet Under - Westside
South City Kitchen-Midtown  
South City Kitchen-Vinings   
St. Cecilia
Superica - Buckhead
Superica - Krog Street
Taziki's Mediterranean Grill - Decatur
Taziki's Mediterranean Grill - Toco Hills
The El Felix
The Corner Pub
The Optimist
The Original El Taco
The Square Pub
Two Urban Licks