Erisan Torres' parents say she was a shy and timid fifth-grader when she first started attending the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' youth education program.
Slowly, through working on community projects with peers and volunteers at the food bank, Torres gained confidence and pride in the community work she did.
Now a freshman in high school, Torres volunteers with educational and organized game activities for preschoolers.
Her parents say Torres has become a straight-A student and credit the food bank's education program for developing their daughter's self-esteem.
For 19 years, 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 have 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 online to www.runtofeedthehungry.com until Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m. or register in person at REI, 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento, Nov. 17-21.
Cost: Preregistration for adults: $35 untimed; $40 timed. Kids 15 and under: $20 untimed; $25 timed. Registration increases by $5 on race day, with no timing available.
Pickup: Packet pickup at the Expo Parkway REI Nov. 17-21, during store hours.
Other ways to contribute: Go online at www.sacramentofoodbank.org