Walk Against Hunger will benefit local food banks, shelters

Online registration is now open for Connecticut Food Bank’s 2015 Walk Against Hunger, at ctfoodbank.org/walk.

Four of the state’s largest cities are hosting the Walk Against Hunger, a community gathering that increases hunger awareness and generates funds to combat hunger in Connecticut.

The charity walk will increase Connecticut Food Bank’s capacity to fight hunger and most importantly, celebrates the New England spirit of neighbor helping neighbor.

All four walks are 2.5 to 3 miles long with festivities beginning at 1 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

Bridgeport:  6th annual Greater Bridgeport Walk Against Hunger on Sunday, April 26 at Seaside Park.

Waterbury:  10th annual Greater Waterbury Walk Against Hunger on Sunday, May 3 at Library Park.

New Haven:  39th annual Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger on Sunday, May 17 at College Woods Pavilion, East Rock Park.

Norwich:  3rd annual Eastern Connecticut Walk Against Hunger on Sunday, May 17 at Chelsea Parade.

Local grassroots programs

Walk Against Hunger participants secure donations from their local community and social networks prior to the event.

All proceeds from the Walk Against Hunger directly benefit local grassroots programs and simultaneously expand the capacity of Connecticut Food Bank’s work to alleviate hunger. That means shelters, soup kitchens and hunger-relief services that provide food to neighbors in local communities gain resources and awareness.

Connecticut is known for its remarkable shoreline and its exceptional countryside, but even these idyllic communities are hard hit by hunger.

In every Connecticut city and town, people are battling hunger every day. This spring, the Walk Against Hunger will bring attention to their challenges and raise funds to put more food on their plates.

Online guidance is offered

Individuals and teams can pre-register online. Once registered, walkers and teams will have access to an online participant center with “Walker Tools” to help them reach fund-raising goals.

In addition to fund-raising ideas, walkers are provided with sample emails and are encouraged to take part in the “Why I Walk” online campaign. Through this campaign, teams can reach out to their social networks and gain support as well as share why they are walking with Connecticut Food Bank by tagging their posts on Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Instagram.

Walk raised $280,000 last year

In 2014, the Walks in Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven and Norwich attracted 2,000 walkers and raised more than $280,000 for anti-hunger efforts in Connecticut.

Any questions should be directed to walk@ctfoodbank.org or call 203-469-5000.