HERMITAGE – The annual 5K Race to End Hunger has been held at various places over the past 10 years, from Buhl Park to WaterFire in downtown Sharon.
For its 10th anniversary, the Race to End Hunger will be held this weekend at LindenPointe in Hermitage behind Butler County Community College, where the race has been held for the past several years, said Mimi Prada, public relations manager with the Community Food Warehouse. A race for kids will also be held at the same location.
“It’s a great family race, and we have a lot of people come because they want to support the warehouse,” Prada said. “We have some people whose kids are in the kids’ race, but then their kids run with them in the regular 5K, too.”
From 2010 to 2018, the 5K Race to End Hunger has managed to raise $234,831, which equals 421,165 pounds of food. This includes more than 96,000 pounds of meat and fish, more than 156,000 pounds of vegetables, and more than 85,000 pounds of cereal, according to the Community Food Warehouse.
Participants are encouraged to register ahead of time, with a table set up at the 5K for those who preregistered where they can check in and receive T-shirt featuring the different 5K sponsors. People can register at the race, but there is no guarantee they will receive a T-shirt, although water and fruit will be provided, as well as other prizes, Prada said.
“We do awards for different categories but anyone who participates, whether they run or walk across the finish line, are entered in a drawing to win $1,000,” Prada said.
The annual 5K isn’t the only event that will help support the Community Food Warehouse this month. A series of events and activities occur throughout September, which is designated as “Hunger Action Month” by Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks, while Hunger Action Month is an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging the public to help tackle the issue of hunger.
Some events are sponsored by local businesses, such as days where the Bob Evans and Chipotle restaurants will donate a portion of customers’ checks to the Community Food Warehouse, according to the calendar of events.
Other activities can be done by at home or at work, such as posting the calendar of events on the office fridge at someone’s job or making a cup of coffee at home instead of buying it somewhere, then donating that money saved.
“Some people will call us and say they’re doing something, but then other people surprise us at the end of the month when they donate food,” Prada said.
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WHAT: Tenth Annual 5K/ 2 Mile Walk to End Hunger and Kid’s Fun Run
WHEN: Race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Butler County Community College, LindenPointe parking lot, Hermitage
COST: Preregistration fee is $18, same-day registration is $20
FOR INFORMATION: Call the Community Food Warehouse at 724-981-0353