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General Event Questions

How does the Hunger Walk/Run work?

When and where does the Hunger Walk/Run take place?

What should I expect to do at the Hunger Walk/Run?

How did the Hunger Walk/Run begin?

How much is the registration fee?

Is the registration fee tax-deductible?

Do I have to fundraise or collect donations?

How do I register to participate as a walker/runner or form my team?

How do I find a team or participant I’d like to join or support?

Can I still support Hunger Walk/Run if I can’t attend the event?

I’ve registered myself or started my team, now what do I do?

Are there materials available to help me solicit donations or raise awareness?

Can children participate?

May I bring a stroller?

May I bring my dog or other family pets?

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Where do I park on the day of the event?

Is there any handicap parking available?

How can I get there via public transportation?

Will there be food available for purchase at the event?

What if it rains on event day?

How do I get a Hunger Walk/Run t-shirt?

Is the Hunger Walk/Run a Peachtree Road Race “Qualifying “event?

Where can I meet my group or team?

Where is Lost & Found located at the event?

Can I volunteer to work this event? 

How do I become a sponsor?

How do I use my social media to support my efforts?

Who do I contact for support?

 

Donation Questions

Are donations tax-deductible?

Where do the donations go?

How do I find a team or participant I’d like to join or support?

Can I send my donation by mail?

Can I still support Hunger Walk/Run if I can’t attend the event?

Can I collect donations after March 5, 2017?

What if my employer offers Matching Gifts for my donations?

I made a donation to the wrong person or wrong team. What do I do?

Are there prizes for fundraising?

 

 


 

General Event Questions

How does the Hunger Walk/Run work?
Walkers and runners of all ages and athletic abilities can participate in the 5K Walk/Run as individuals, or together as families, groups or teams. Each participant solicits sponsorship (donations) from friends and associates prior to the day of the event. Walkers and runners can arrive any time after the park opens at Noon to enjoy the festivities. Prior to step off, there will be a stage show with live music and high energy warm-ups. Volunteers are stationed along the route to provide needed assistance and water stops. Atlanta City Police provide traffic control throughout the route as well, and paramedics/ambulances are available for any first-aid needs.  We’ll also have live entertainment stationed along the walk/run route, so keep your eyes and ears peeled to enjoy a variety of performers along the way!

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When and where does the Hunger Walk/Run take place?
Hunger Walk/Run takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315 (view directions). Our new 5K route takes participants through historic Grant Park (view route map).  The schedule of events is as follows:

12:00pm Onsite registration begins
2:00pm 5K Fun Run commences, followed shortly thereafter by the Walk
4:00pm Park closes and event ends

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What should I expect to do at the Hunger Walk/Run?
The event is built around a 5K walk/run through Atlanta. The entire event lasts about 4 hours, with onsite registration beginning at noon (12:00 pm) on 3.5.2017 at 755 Hank Aaron Drive. Live entertainment, food vendors, sponsors tents, kid-zone activities and more last until 4:00 pm. It is a family friendly festival atmosphere and all are welcome to attend.  If you’re not interested or able to walk/run you can still enjoy the event in the park and celebrate with the community in our combined efforts to support local hunger relief.

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How did the Hunger Walk/Run begin?
It began in 1984 as a grassroots movement in response to the issue of local hunger and poverty. Back then, it was just a walk, but it was 10 miles long! Over 1,000 walkers raised $30,000. It continued as an all-volunteer effort until 1988 when it became a special project of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. As the event continued to grow through the years, it moved to 755 Hank Aarond Drive and also invited runners to participate. In 2016, over 13,000 people came to the Hunger Walk/Run and raised over $850,000 for local hunger relief…It’s an amazing event to experience! 

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How much is the registration fee?
Prior to noon (12:00pm) on Friday, March 3, the online registration rate for walkers is $25 and for runners is $35. Online registration closes at noon on March 3. Walk-up registrants are welcome on the day of the event, but registration fees at the gate will be $30 for walkers and $40 for runners.

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Is the registration fee tax-deductible?
Under IRS tax guidelines the estimated value of the benefits received for a Walker Registration ($25) is not substantial, therefore the full amount of Walker Registration is considered a deductible contribution. As runners receive additional goods/services specific to the run, only $28.70 of the Runner Registration ($35) is considered a deductible contribution. Please consult your tax adviser for appropriate itemization. The Atlanta Community Food Bank is a nonprofit 501 c(3)- Federal Tax ID: 58-1376648

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Do I have to fundraise or collect donations?
Fundraising is not required, but it is the most crucial part of this event! It is the donations raised by participants that support programs which feed hungry people in our community year-round. That is why it is so important to ask everyone you know to support your participation in this event by making a donation.

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How do I register to participate as a walker/runner or form my team?
You are encouraged to pre-register online any time before the event by visiting www.hungerwalkrun.org.  Online registration will be closed on Friday, March 3, 2017 at noon (12pm), but participants can still register on-site the day of the event starting at Noon by visiting the Registration Tent.  *All walk-up registrants must sign a waiver to participate!

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How do I find a team or participant I’d like to join or support?
It’s easy! If you know the name of the team or individual you'd like to support you can search for them here.

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Can I still support Hunger Walk/Run if I can’t attend the event?
Absolutely. You can make a secure online donation at www.hungerwalkrun.org by selecting the “Donate” tab from the top navigation menu. Or mail your personal check, money order, or certified bank check - payable to Hunger Walk/Run - to the following address:

Hunger Walk/Run
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318-6628

Please DO NOT mail cash.

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I’ve registered myself or started my team, now what do I do? 
Thanks for taking the next step and joining your community in the fight against local hunger!  We need your support now more than ever.  Check out our Fundraising Made Easy guide for tips and ideas to engage everyone you know.

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Are there materials available to help me solicit donations or raise awareness?
Yes. We have a variety of collateral materials available for distribution, including brochures, posters and bookmarks.  You can easily download many of our materials via the Tools section of this website.  You can also pick up materials from the ACFB (by request) if you prefer.  Please contact hungerwalk@acfb.org to request materials. *All printed materials are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis.  As this is a fundraising initiative to support local hunger relief, we do not mail out materials so that we can utilize the majority of our funds for direct service efforts. 

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Can children participate?
Definitely! It’s a great way for families to spend quality time together and make a difference for those in need. There’s a family fun “carnival” area with a variety of games, inflatables, educational activities, food vendors and more.

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May I bring a stroller?
Yes. Strollers are welcome so you can bring even the very youngest members of your family.

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May I bring my dog or other family pets?
Unfortunately, due to sanitary and safety regulations, we are not allowed to have family pets at the event. Service animals are, of course, welcome.

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Is the event wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The walk/run takes place on the roads/sidewalks which will be closed to traffic, for our downtown route. Please keep in mind the pavement can be rough in areas, so be prepared for typical city roadway and sidewalk conditions. The event space at 755 Hank Aaron Drive is fairly flat and smooth.

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Where do I park on the day of the event?
Parking is FREE in the Blue, Orange, and Gold lots at 755 Hank Aaron Drive. We encourage carpooling!  We recommend parking in the Blue Lot if possible to avoid having to cross the street. The Blue Lot is on Capitol Avenue just above the Green Lot where the event is held. 

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Is there any handicap parking available?
Yes, there will be limited handicap parking available in the lower area of the Green Parking lot, to the South West of the event area.  Access to limited handicap parking  will be available via Pollard Ave., on the West Side of the Green lot.   You must show your handicap permit (window decal or license plate) to gain access to this area.  Again, space is limited.

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How can I get there via public transportation?
The closest MARTA station to 755 Hank Aaron Drive is the Georgia State station on the blue/green rail line. Walking time is about 25 minutes (approximately five blocks) to the event site. From the station, turn left on Piedmont Avenue and walk south toward the Capitol. View more details.

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Will there be food available for purchase at the event?
Yes. We will have some of Atlanta’s finest food trucks/vendors onsite the day of the event, offering a wide variety of tasty food choices, as well as a Sodexo Refreshments Tent and “food court” styled seating area with tables and chairs available.

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What if it rains on event day?
The Hunger Walk/Run will occur rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather. In case of extreme weather circumstances, please call 404-892-9822 x1246 and listen to the recorded message with any weather related event updates. If the event must be cancelled for any reason, there will be no refunds and your registration fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation towards hunger relief.

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How do I get a Hunger Walk/Run t-shirt?
All registered walkers or runners are eligible to receive one official Hunger Walk/Run event t-shirt per person. All runners receive a moisture-wicking runner’s t-shirt.  All t-shirts will be distributed the day of the event only and are subject to availability. If you pre-registered online, please be sure to print out your online confirmation and bring it with you to receive your t-shirt.  *Runner/Race numbers will be distributed the day-of-event at the Run Registration Tent.

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Is the Hunger Walk/Run a Peachtree Road Race “Qualifying “event?
No. The Hunger Walk/Run is a 5K “fun run” and not on a certified course.  However many runners love this event and use it as a training experience for their other run pursuits. Runners still receive a race number and moisture-wicking run shirt, and an official clock is displayed for individuals wishing to record their race times.  All athletic abilities and age groups are welcomed.

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Where can I meet my group or team?
You may select any meet-up area for your group at the event. Please refer to the event sitemap to view a layout of the space. We also recommend that team members bring their cell phones to aid in finding one another.

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Where is Lost & Found located at the event?
Onsite Lost & Found will be located at the information tent closest to Walk Registration.  Please visit any satellite information tent and they will direct you to the Lost & Found area.   After the event has occurred all unclaimed “lost” items will be taken to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). If you’ve lost something, please contact 404-419-1723 to see if it was turned in.  You are responsible for claiming your own property, available for pickup at ACFB.

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Can I volunteer to work this event? 
Absolutely! We rely on over 400 volunteers to help make the event a success. Complete our volunteer survey to register your interest or email hwrvolunteers@acfb.org. All volunteers must be screened and assigned beforehand. No walk-ups accepted.

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How do I become a sponsor?
Please visit the “Sponsor” section of our website for more information, or contact Michael DeCoursey at michael.decoursey@acfb.org or (678) 298-2248 x1246.

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How do I use my social media to support my efforts? 
It’s easy to get connected!   Visit our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube sites to join the conversation. 

https://www.facebook.com/atlfoodbank
https://twitter.com/acfb
https://www.instagram.com/acfb/
http://youtu.be/yHwXEl7A95I

Social Media Questions? Contact us at socialmedia@acfb.org or 678-553-5952

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Who do I contact for support?

General Questions  - hungerwalk@acfb.org, (404) 419-1723
Team Support - Chris Ferguson, chris.ferguson@acfb.org, (678) 538-9962
Online Support - Kirsten Olson, kirsten.olson@acfb.org, (404) 832-4976
Sponsorships or Vendor Inquiries - Michael DeCoursey, michael.decoursey@acfb.org, (678) 298-2248
ACFB Partner Agency Support - Keesha Gay-Martin, keesha.gay@acfb.org, (404) 333-0864

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Donation Questions

Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes. Under IRS tax guidelines the estimated value of the benefits received for a Walker Registration ($25) is not substantial, therefore the full amount of Walker Registration is considered a deductible contribution. As runners receive additional goods/services specific to the run, only $25 of the Runner Registration ($35) is considered a deductible contribution. Please consult your tax adviser for appropriate itemization. Cancelled checks or credit card statements may serve as proof of individual donations under $250. Any donation exceeding $250 will require a receipt, which is available upon request. *For tax purposes - The Atlanta Community Food Bank Tax ID/EIN Number is: 58-1376648. You can request a copy of our 501c(3) letter or W-9 by emailing hungerwalk@acfb.org or calling 678-298-2248.

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Where do the donations go?
The Atlanta Community Food Bank organizes Hunger Walk/Run, but there are five other benefiting partner organizations that also receive funds: Episcopal Charities Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta  and St. Vincent De Paul Society.  Your donations support the food pantries,  shelters, community kitchens, senior centers and child care centers operated or supported by these hunger relief organizations.  Hunger Walk/Run empowers donors to support the charity of their choice, thus tailoring giving to their specific interests while contributing to broader, community-wide hunger relief efforts.

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How do I find a team or participant I’d like to join or support?
It’s easy! If you know the name of the team or individual you'd like to support you can search for them here

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Can I send my donation(s) by mail?
YES!  You can mail in your donation via personal check, money order, and certified bank check. Please DO NOT mail cash. Make all checks payable to Hunger Walk/Run and send to the following address:

Hunger Walk/Run
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318-6628

Please make sure to include a note indicating whether your gift should be applied on behalf of an individual participant, a team, or a specific benefiting charity. Otherwise your gift will be considered a general donation in support of the overall event.

All mailed donations must be received before Friday, April 28th, 2017 in order to be counted towards the Hunger Walk/Run 2017 event.  Anything received after this date will be allocated towards the 2018 event. 

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Can I still support Hunger Walk/Run if I can’t attend the event?
Absolutely. You can make a secure online donation at www.hungerwalkrun.org by selecting the “Donate” tab from the top navigation menu. Simply search for the participant or team you'd like to support. Or mail your personal check, money order, or certified bank check - payable to Hunger Walk/Run - to the address in the question above. Please DO NOT mail cash.

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Can I still collect donations after March 5, 2017? 
YES!  You can continue to collect donations (both online and in-person) until March 31, 2017, so please keep at it. Every little bit makes a difference! 

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What if my employer offers matching gifts for my donations?
This is a great way to double your impact against hunger! First, check to see if your employer will match your gifts. Then, complete the appropriate paperwork from your Accounting or HR department and submit along with your registration or donations. Our searchable employer database may even allow you to download the appropriate forms online. Please contact hungerwalk@acfb.org with any other questions.

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I made a donation to the wrong person or wrong team. What do I do?
Please email hungerwalk@acfb.org or call 404-892-3333 x1365. Please have your transaction code available.

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Are there prizes for fundraising?
Participants who raise $500 or more on their personal fundraising page will qualify to join our Hunger Walk/Run Champions Club and earn recognition and perks. Learn more about the Champions Club.

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