Access 40th Annual Hunger Walk is this Sunday, May 7

By Emma Garcia, Access of West Michigan

Tie up those shoe laces and join your neighbors, because the Access of West Michigan 40th Annual Hunger Walk is coming to downtown Grand Rapids on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 1:30pm.

Registration and the food festival begins at 1:30 p.m. at Park Church, 10 E Park Pl NE, Grand Rapids. The walk begins in stride at 2:15 p.m. The family fun food festival will have many exciting activities for all ages, including live music from Standing Sun and Conrad Shock and The Noise, a photo booth, face painting and chalk drawing, a bounce house and Goodwill’s Blue Spoon Food Truck.

Since 1977, the Hunger Walk has raised over $6 million for local and international organizations promoting a thriving food system through the support of thousands of individuals, businesses and congregations.

Participants collect financial pledges for walking the 5K to celebrate and generate awareness for organizations working to reduce poverty and food insecurity.

“We walk to celebrate the good that we have done in the last 40 years. We also stand in solidarity with those still facing issues of systemic poverty, inequity and disparity,” said Emma García, Access of West Michigan co-director. “The Hunger Walk is a way our community members can show public support for economic justice, health equity and the need for a food system that provides good food to all people.”

Access of West Michigan is a nonprofit organization serving Grand Rapids in developing wholistic solutions to poverty by cultivating equitable systems through education and collaboration. Since 1981, Access has been committed to serving those in need and promoting opportunities for access to good food.

For more information, please call 616.774.2175 x 5 or email