Access of West Michigan Annual Hunger Walk celebrates 40th year of supporting good food


By Ellie Wahlburg, Access of West Michigan


Tie up those shoe laces and grab your friends, the Access of West Michigan 40th Annual Hunger Walk is coming to downtown Grand Rapids on Sunday, May 7. Registration and food festival — including live music, a food truck, activities for kids and more — 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.


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.


This year, the goal is to extend that support by raising $110,000 and have over 1,000 walkers. Participants, whether individual or in teams, collect financial pledges for walking the 5K to celebrate and generate awareness for the mission of organizations working to reduce poverty and food insecurity. The focus is on the dual themes of celebration and solidarity.


“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 Access of West Michigan Co-Director, Emma Garcia. “The Hunger Walk is a way that 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.”


Join the legacy of promoting a thriving food system through donating, sponsoring, volunteering or walking. Learn more here.


For more information on this exciting community event, please contact: Savion Sanford,
Hunger Walk Coordinator at 616.774.2175 x 2 or email


Access of West Michigan is located at 1700 28th Street in Grand Rapids.