THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the 30th Anniversary of the Hunger Walk/Run yesterday! It was a gorgeous day and an even more gorgeous turnout as more than 15,000 of you took to the streets to walk or run for hunger relief. We’ll be reporting our final tallies at the end of this month. Until then, you can still donate to this incredible event and check out our photo album on Facebook.
Hunger Walk/Run is celebrating 30 years of bringing our community together to fight hunger. In that time we’ve collectively raised enough money to provide nearly 28 million meals to neighbors in need.
That’s truly inspiring -- which is why we want to do something extra special to say THANK YOU to our amazing supporters and inspire you to help make our 30th year the most impactful yet!
For most, the start of the new year usually means change and resolutions. For us at the Food Bank, it means the kickoff of one of our favorite events: the Hunger Walk/Run. With the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, St. Vincent de Paul, Episcopal Charities of Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia and the Greater Presbytery of Atlanta, it’s a fun filled day that brings together thousands of Georgians from all different backgrounds to walk or run for hunger, an issue that affects 20% of this state’s residents.
This week, we’ve asked our staff who utilize volunteers to write a small post about why volunteers are so important to the Food Bank and to their program. From Michael DeCoursey, the Hunger Walk/Run Project Manager:
For the past 29 years ACFB has hosted our annual Hunger Walk/Run event, to help raise both awareness and much needed funds to support local hunger relief efforts. From inception, the event has grown from around 1000 participants in 1984, to over 15,000+ in 2013.
It’s almost hard to believe that Hunger Walk/Run (HWR) time is already here and we’re in our twenty-ninth year. We’re continually blown away by the participation and excitement that the event brings. If you’ve never participated in HWR, it’s an amazing day of a fun, festival-like atmosphere with activities for the entire family including games, refreshments, live entertainment, and more with an amazing 5k walk and “fun run” through downtown Atlanta to help raise funds and awareness about hunger.
Last year, we started turning our annual report into a video. It seemed to us that not only did we enjoy it, you did too. So, without further ado, check out what was accomplished with your help in 2011!
The dust has settled and we're through not only another amazing Hunger Walk/Run, but our largest to date! The day started out a little cloudy and chilly for everyone setting up, but once noon hit, you wouldn't have known because it was warm and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Over 15,000 people came to Turner Field on March 11 to help us take the next step to end hunger.
Check out this year's shirts! Performance shirts for runners on the left; walkers' shirts on the right!
It's hard to believe, but Hunger Walk/Run is THIS Sunday! We've had nothing but Hunger Walk on our minds the last couple of weeks. It's been really fun and exciting to see all the parts and pieces come together to help make this event a blast. For example, this year's Hunger Walk/Run will have...
It’s that time of year again! We’re T-minus 23 days and counting to Hunger Walk/Run 2012 on March 11! Hunger Walk/Run is one of the oldest walk-for-a-cause events in Atlanta. Since 1984, people have gathered to walk in response to the issue of hunger. It brings people of different faiths, backgrounds and ages together to raise awareness and funds for those who struggle to put food on the table. And it’s needed now more than ever.
This week, we hosted 18 students from across metro Atlanta for our annual Youth Summit. In three whirlwind days, these high schoolers toured the Food Bank, learned about hunger and advocacy in Georgia, played a Community Food Game (which is a LOT of fun), visited the State Capitol, packed food boxes in our warehouse and volunteered at two agencies we serve, Georgia Avenue and Gateway Center. Phew. You can see why I said whirlwind before!