Frequently Asked Questions
How will I collect donations?
Each walker will be registered online this year. If you need assistance with registration, you can reach out to Alaina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-747-0988. Once you are registered you will have an online fundraising page that you can use to ask for donations. If fundraising online is not your thing, that is ok! We encourage you to connect via phone or email with people in your community, and they can send all donations directly to Access of West Michigan, 1700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.
Do I have to walk in order to raise money?
No. While walking is encouraged, if you would like to create a fundraising page and come up with a creative option to encourage people to support the Walk for Good Food and a thriving food system for all during this time, we welcome you to do so!
What is the purpose of having a team if we are walking individually or with our household?
We are grateful for our team captains and recruiters who work hard to build teams for the Walk for Good Food. Team captains help to recruit more people to participate and help to create a sense of comradery. While walking apart from each other, you can still share a team goal and create fun activities and milestones together. One team this year is walking in honor of a member of their congregation who had been involved in the Walk for many years. Think creatively about what can bring your team together during this time.
Where do I walk?
We invite you to walk wherever you like that will allow you to follow social distancing guidelines. Our current “Stay Home & Stay Safe Order” is in effect through April 13. If this order was to continue into May, we encourage you to follow all guidelines when making decisions about where to go and where to walk. Walking in your neighborhood is currently permitted as long as you walk by yourself or with someone in your household, and maintain a six-foot distance from others.
When do I walk?
Anytime between May 3 and May 13. On May 3 we’ll be posting fun kickoff activities on our social media channels. You have ten days to complete your walk. You can do it all at once or make it into a ten–day walking challenge! It’s up to you. Share your ideas with us and we’ll share them with others.
Why not postpone the Walk for Good Food until the Fall?
We all know that right now things are very uncertain. We are feeling it too. We decided to move ahead with a revised version of the Walk for Good Food because we need support for a thriving food system now. The Walk is an important fundraiser for the work Access of West Michigan does and supports ten other organizations in our community who are actively working to address food security and poverty. Many things are being rescheduled for the Fall, and we don’t want the collaborative spirit of the Walk to get overlooked in a busy season of fundraising and events. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our neighbors and the non-profits who work alongside them, and we cannot delay our support. Support from the Walk will go to organizations who are responding right now. We also believe that the Walk provides a unique way for the community to focus on positive and unified action while tangibly offering help to non-profits offering critical services.