Ossie Townsend

Thanksgiving Day Run To Feed The Hungry

Published: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 - 12:43 am

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 benefited from Food Bank & Family Services programs.

Ossie Townsend, 53, says she lived a shut-in life after her son and daughter moved out of state. She says her depression led to unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle. Then she learned about the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' food program. Townsend said the free groceries of fresh fruit and vegetables motivated her to start cooking her grandmother's healthy recipes and to exercise. She lost 50 pounds and gained more confidence. She enrolled in community college classes, and says, "Never in my life have I been so satisfied, and now I can dream big dreams."

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: The 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 at 11:59 p.m. or register in person at the REI at 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 through Wednesday during store hours.

Other ways to contribute: Go online at www.sacramentofoodbank.org.

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