Event Details for the Walk for Hunger

Each year, on the first Sunday in May, Project Bread creates a mobile city for over 40,000 friends who roar forth, rain or shine, to help the hungry. These Walkers — along with their donors and Volunteers — help fund hunger relief and prevention through over 430 emergency programs, schools, community health centers, farmers’ markets, community suppers, home care organizations, and other programs that protect the individual and strengthen our community’s food security throughout the state.

Walkers are invited to walk all or just part of the 20-mile route. Not interested in walking? Volunteers are needed throughout the route to help with a variety of jobs to keep Walkers safe and happy.

There is no required registration fee and no fundraising minimum, but all Walkers and Volunteers are encouraged to raise as much as they can to help our neighbors in need. Heart & Sole participants are a special group of Walkers and Volunteers who pledge to raise at least $500 each to help those in need.

Our Walkers enjoyed the day with . . .

Music at 12 locations.
• Free snacks and refreshments at Arsenal Park Snack Stop.
• Refreshing spring water at all checkpoints.
• Ice cream at the end of the day!
• First aid and shuttle buses along the route.
• Facilities for your convenience.
• An incredible feeling of satisfaction!

Route and Snack Stop location

This will be our third year at our new and improved Snack Stop location! The Walk is routed through Watertown with a Snack Stop at Arsenal Park, a beautiful and historic tree-lined oasis. This picturesque park is perfect for a spring-time picnic or just to rest on the grass before finishing the Walk! Check out our Walk Route.

Security message

We request that our Walkers not carry a bag or carry a small bag only, and that they keep their belongings with them at all times. We have been working with state and local officials to make sure everything goes smoothly. Thanks for helping out in this way.

Here's a look behind the scenes at what it takes to put this event together each year:


40,000+ Walkers and 2,000+ Volunteers
Start:  Rolling start on the Boston Common between
7:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M.


9 Checkpoints and 2 Water Stops

Police Dept:

100 police in 5 municipalities

Crossing Guards:

600 Stationary Marshals supervise route
Road Closings: Road closings in effect in some places throughout the day


 9 First Aid stations, 7 ambulances on call, EMT and medical personnel on bikes, and a Lost Persons tent


390 portable facilities


10,000+ gallons of water at 10 water stations

Hot Spots: 

Performing groups and individual musicians at 12 entertainment stops along the route

Snack Stop:

30,000 snack bags


Cell phones, portable landlines, and 75 ham radio operators


54 free shuttle buses

Public Works: 

400 hand-painted signs


32,000 recycling and trash receptacles

Public Servants:

More than 2,000 Volunteers

Public Health:

300 gallons of sunscreen

Walk for Hunger 2014

Mark your calendars for the 46th annual Walk for Hunger—Sunday, May 4, 2014! Register online beginning in February.