Fighting Food Insecurity: Boston Charity Holds Virtual 'Walk For Hunger'

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Around 1500 people from across Massachusetts will gather virtually tomorrow in an effort to raise money and awareness about food insecurity in the Commonwealth.

Project Bread will be holding it's 53rd Walk for Hunger, which is on track to raise more than $1 million to help struggling families in the state.

"Right now one in five families in Massachusetts are food insecure, [and] for Black and Latino families it's over 30 percent," Project Bread CEO Erin McAleer said.

With a do-it-yourself spin on the event this year -- participants will be taking walks around their neighborhoods, hosting local 5ks, and even completing the challenge on stationary bikes or treadmills at home.

"It's the second time we've done it virtual, so rather than gathering on Boston Common and walking around the city, we are encouraging people to participate in any way they can," McAleer said.

Each participant gets their own walk page for the event after signing up on the Project Bread website -- where they can set their own fundraising goals and ask their friends and families to chip in.

Sunday's event will be streamed live on Project Bread's Facebook page from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. McAleer said there is still time to sign up if you want to join the effort -- which you can do here.

She added that if you or someone you know is food insecure or struggling to access food, you can call the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 1-(800)-645-8333 or visit the charity's website.

The hotline provides confidential help to connect callers with food resources in 180 languages and for the hearing impaired.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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