Access of West Michigan to hold 39th annual Hunger Walk

04/25/2016

Past Hunger Walks have drawn over 600 individuals. Photo courtesy Access of West Michigan.  (view larger image)

Past Hunger Walks have drawn over 600 individuals. Photo courtesy Access of West Michigan.

By Emma García, Program Director, Access of West Michigan

The annual Access Hunger Walk brings over 600 individuals, congregations, and businesses together to advocate for solutions to food insecurity and poverty. Funds raised are distributed as micro-grants to 18 organizations whose work ranges from community gardening projects, food system policy work, nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs, food pantries and gleaning programs, to food justice initiatives.

In this year’s 39th annual Walk on May 1, participants will find that the Walk is focused on celebrating the Good Food Principles as outlined in the Michigan Good Food Charter. The Walk will kick off with a Fun Food Festival, offering children a way to connect the principles of the Charter to their own favorite fruit or vegetable. Opening Ceremony speakers will highlight the Good Food principles and as participants trek the 5K route they will answer questions that guide them towards an understanding of Good Food as being healthy, green, fair, and affordable.

Access of West Michigan, the coordinator of the Hunger Walk, hopes that participants will leave the Walk inspired to uplift the Good Food principles in support of Michigan’s commitment to ensure that Good Food is available to all.

For more information or to join the Walk on May 1, go to www.AccessofWestMichigan.org