Thousands raise awareness, support partner agencies at 31st Annual Hunger Walk

In late June, Jackson Park was filled with thousands of people on one mission: to end hunger.

The Food Depository’s 31st Annual Hunger Walk drew more than 11,500 people to the historic park along the shores of Lake Michigan. The event raises awareness of hunger in our community and raised more than $425,000 for food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County.

For many agencies, funds raised at the Hunger Walk make up the program’s entire yearly operating budget.

“Hunger Walk to us is very important – because of it, the pantry has enough money to support us for another year,” said Marva Hines-Brown, the coordinator of the Covenant United Church of Christ Food Pantry in South Holland.

This year was the first time the Hunger Walk has been held in Jackson Park. The new venue provided additional space and a more scenic walking course.

Check out the impact the Hunger Walk makes on our partner agencies:

Relive the Hunger Walk in this time lapse video from the course: