When Moria Osario was 4, her mother was using a wheelchair and her father left the family.
Osario grew up caring for her mom, dropped out of high school and took a series of jobs caring for the disabled.
By age 36, with children of her own, Osario enrolled at the Institute of Technology to get a billing and coding license. Before she could get her license she learned she needed a GED high school-equivalency certificate.
Osario found the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' adult education program and, with tutoring help, was able to pass the GED exams. She is now ready to earn her license and get a résumé out.
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.
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