On Saturday, Oct. 24, Feeding South Florida, the sole Feeding America food bank serving South Florida and the largest food bank in Palm Beach County, will host its Outrun Hunger Palm Beach County 5K.
The event, which will raise money to help end hunger in Palm Beach County and raise awareness for the issue of food insecurity, will take place at Okeeheelee Park, located at 7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
Feeding South Florida provides almost 11 million pounds of food each year in Palm Beach County alone, through direct service programs and a network of more than 100 nonprofit partner agencies throughout the county.
Feeding South Florida serves 202,110 individuals struggling to put food on the table in Palm Beach County — 63,660 of whom are children.
“The Outrun Hunger Palm Beach County 5K is a great way to help our local neighbors in need of food assistance,” Feeding South Florida President and CEO Paco Vélez said. “Feeding South Florida has a 98 percent efficiency rating, making us the most efficient food bank in Palm Beach County. We are able to provide six meals, or $12 worth of grocery products, for every $1 donated. This is because it only costs us about 13 cents to move a pound of food. By supporting this event, folks are helping set the table for families in need of food assistance.”
Participants can pre-register at www.firstgiving.com/feeding southflorida for just $30. On Oct. 24, registration is $35 starting at 7 a.m., and the run/walk will start at 8 a.m.
Participants can join the event as an individual or a team, and anyone can start a team. Medals will be given for the top three places in each age category and overall best times.
Runners and walkers not only can participate in the race, but also fundraise to help end hunger in Palm Beach County by creating a custom fundraising web page. Even those who want to help Feeding South Florida outrun hunger, but don’t want to run or walk, can support the organization as a virtual runner by creating a personalized fundraising page. To create a customized fundraising page, visit www.firstgiving.com/feedingsouthflorida. For assistance in completing a fundraising page, contact Jennifer Millon at email@example.com.
All participants will receive an official Outrun Hunger 5K T-shirt.
The event is made possible by presenting sponsor Braman Motorcars. Additional sponsors are Tyco, PGA National Resort & Spa and Source1 Purchasing. Food and beverage sponsors are Tunie’s and Oceana Coffee, while the media sponsor is Palm Beach Broadcasting.