The countdown is on for the return of Hunger Walk/Run, the annual fundraiser to help fight hunger in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Nearly 19 percent of Georgians face food insecurity, including one in four children. The event benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other partners with hunger relief programs including Episcopal Charities Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and St. Vincent De Paul Society
Hunger Walk/Run is celebrating 31 years on Sunday, March 15 at Turner Field’s Green lot. Participants can register online at HWR2015.org as an individual or create a team and invite family and friends to join them to help raise even more money! Gates open at noon and the race steps off at 2 p.m.
Each year, tens of thousands of participants hit the streets of Downtown Atlanta to walk or run in support of the event, and to help raise funds for those who continue to struggle to put food on the table. Since its inception, the event has helped raise more than $7 million for hunger relief – enough to provide 28 million meals!
“The Hunger Walk/Run is one of our most important fundraisers each year,” says Bill Bolling, founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “We are working harder than ever along with our partners to meet the need for food assistance that still exists for many in our community. The money raised at this event will help us continue to meet that demand here in metro Atlanta, and work towards expanding the healthful options we provide through our partner agencies.”
Although the Hunger Walk/Run addresses a serious issue, the event is celebrated in a fun, family-friendly way with a full scope of activities for kids and adults including live music, special emcees, live entertainment, food trucks, entertainment along the route and much more.
Online runners’ registration is $35 and includes a special moisture-wicking shirt, and walkers’ registration fee is $25 and includes an official Hunger Walk/Run T-shirt while supplies last. Onsite registration is available but will cost an extra $5 for each registration.
For more information and to register today, visit www.HWR2015.org.