April 29, 2013
Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger
by Laura Schell
Relaxing out in Copley Square ranks pretty high up there as one of our favorite activities, but the heady spring air and Red Sox season has got us wanting to get up and go! That’s why we’re so thrilled to take on our Social Responsibility committee’s challenge to participate in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger. Always eager for opportunities to play as a team and do the right thing in the community, it came as no surprise that our sister hotels Westin Boston Waterfront and W Boston have joined us to form Team Starwood!
The event brings thousands of people to Boston each year to raise money for anti-hunger programs, and promote hunger awareness in our communities. The 20-mile Walk route goes through several Greater Boston neighborhoods and all money raised supports community-based meal programs and school nutrition initiatives. As the oldest continual pledge-walk in the country, The Walk for Hunger helped provide 61 million meals to hungry people in 2012 with 43,000 participants raising $3.6 million.
In June of 1969, two thousand activists walked 29.6 miles through Quincy to raise $26,000 for two hunger projects. The walk moved to Boston the next year and by 1979, grew to three thousand walkers raising funds for thirty four emergency food programs. Six years later in 1985, the walk crossed the $1 million mark with 11,000 participants and has grown exponentially since then. 2008’s 40th anniversary walk was its most successful to date, with 40,000 walkers raising over $4 million.
If you’re in the area on May 5th, head to the Boston Common to see this great event unfold. Here’s to the beginning of a great spring tradition!