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15th Annual Hunger Walk and 5K on May 28 raises money for Freestore Foodbank

15th Annual Hunger Walk and 5K on May 28 raises money for Freestore Foodbank (Joe Simon/Freestore Foodbank)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, Tri-State residents will fight hunger in our community by participating in the Freestore Foodbank's 15th Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run.

The event provides the Freestore Foodbank's 400 community partner agencies - including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, and program sites - with the opportunity to raise money to supplement their food operations. Community partner agencies recruit teams and raise money through pledges of support from their communities. All of the money raised is used toward the agencies' food distribution costs.

“Many people live one paycheck away from financial disaster,” said Freestore Foodbank President and CEO Kurt Reiber. “An unexpected illness, injury, car repair, or life change can put a self-sufficient person at risk of hunger. The Hunger Walk gives us the opportunity to recognize our community partners who help us to distribute more than 24 million meals each year to people who need it. The event also gives our community the chance to support these organizations that are serving hungry children and families living in their own neighborhoods. Together, we can solve hunger and help keep our communities healthy and strong.”

Since its inception in 2004, the Hunger Walk and 5K Run has raised more than $2,030,000, the equivalent of 6,090,000 meals, for Freestore Foodbank community partners serving 20 counties in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The 3.1-mile walk and run will begin at The Banks.

To join or donate to a team, call 513-482-FOOD (3663) or visit HERE. Online registration is open until 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 25. Race packets for registered participants will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at the Freestore Foodbank's Mayerson Distribution Center located at 1250 Tennessee Avenue in Bond Hill. Interested participants may also register at the packet pick-up on Saturday or beginning at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the race at the "Sing the Queen City" sign at The Banks.

Registration fees for the walk/run are $20, or $25 with a t-shirt.

Information courtesy Freestore Foodbank


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