MINNESOTA THANKSGIVING TRADITON ‘WALK TO END HUNGER’ KICKED OFF MONTH-LONG EVENT AT MALL OF AMERICA TODAY
BLOOMINGTON, MINN. (November 1, 2021) –The Minnesota Thanksgiving tradition, the Walk to End Hunger (WTEH), kicked off its 14th year today at the Mall of America. Historically held on Thanksgiving morning, the Walk to End Hunger has raised more than $3 million to date and is expected to engage approximately 5,000 Minnesotans this November to benefit eight local hunger-relief organizations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Walk to End Hunger will not take place on Thanksgiving Day but instead will feature a Walk to End Hunger Walk Route at the Mall of America for the entire month of November. The Walk to End Hunger Walk Route will loop around the Mall of America and include activities, prizes and more for registered walkers.
According to WTEH organizer and Hunger Solutions’ Director of External Relations Rachel Holmes, “The Walk to End Hunger has become an important part of a lot of families’ holiday traditions but there is still a lot of uncertainty around the pandemic. This new format allows for us to welcome our walkers back to the Mall of America while keeping everyone safe.”
The Walk to End Hunger is an important fundraiser for several local hunger relief agencies. With 1 in 9 Minnesotans currently experiencing food insecurity, the Walk to End Hunger partner organizations have all seen an increase in need for their services. Registered participants are encouraged to solicit donations from their friends and family members to help increase the impact of their registration. A $25 donation can provide 75 meals for families in need.
The Walk to End Hunger was created by the Minnesota Hunger Initiative in 2008 and brings organizations fighting hunger in our state together to raise funds around the holiday season, when the need is often the greatest. The WTEH provides financial support for eight organizations: The Food Group; Hunger Solutions; Keystone Community Services; Loaves and Fishes; Meals on Wheels; Neighbors, Inc.; PRISM; and Second Harvest Heartland;