For 19 years, the Run to Feed the Hungry has generated money for programs of the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Between now and Thanksgiving, we'll bring you stories of local folks who benefited from Food Bank & Family Services programs.
Each year, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' clothing program hands out shoes, jackets and other clothing to needy families. When second-grader Collette Madden learned that some teenagers, and even children her age, don't have shoes, she co- ordinated a shoe drive at her school and was able to donate more than 400 pairs of shoes to the food bank, which counts on donations and volunteer efforts such as those from Collette to help folks in need. "People should know it's really hard to be homeless," Collette said.
THANKSGIVING DAY RUN TO FEED THE HUNGRY
Start time: 10K 8:30 a.m.; timed 5K 9 a.m.; untimed 5K and walkers immediately after the 5K run
Where: J Street entrance to California State University, Sacramento
How far: 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk and 10K (6.2 mile) run
Expected number of participants: 25,000-28,000
Register: Go to www.runtofeedthehungry.com until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 20 or register in person at the REI at 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento, Nov. 17-21.
Cost: Pre-registration for adults: $35 untimed; $40 timed. Children 15 and under: $20 untimed; $25 timed. Registration increases by $5 on race day, with no timing available.
Pickup: Packets at Expo Parkway REI, Nov. 17-21, during store hours
Street closures: Check the course map at runtofeedthehungry.com/course/default.htm
Other ways to contribute: Go to www.sacramentofoodbank.org