The inaugural Run to Feed 5K presented by EPB Fiber Optics will be held on Saturday, May 17, at Camp Jordan. This event will raise awareness and funds for the Snack Pack ministry by Crosspath; this ministry provides a bag of food for elementary age school children over the weekend.
Currently Crosspath services 250 children, but it is estimated that there are over 1,000 children in the East Ridge elementary schools who qualify and could benefit from snack pack. This program is led and maintained by a staff of volunteers.
Sheri Mitchell, director of Snack Pack said, "We are excited about the upcoming fundraiser, Run to Feed 5K that will benefit the Crosspath Snack Pack Program. It is fantastic to think about the magnitude of what the future of Snack Pack can be with more community awareness, support and involvement. I doubt that I have ever really been hungry in my life, so I am moved with compassion to think we have children very nearby who may be without adequate food supplies and are truly hungry. For our Snack Pack program the goal is to show the love of Christ by simply feeding as many of the children in East Ridge who are eligible for the program as is possible."
Participants of all skill levels are invited to run in the 5K or walk the one mile fun run. Registration is available online at www.runtofeed5k.com for $35 per person. To register a group there is a $50 entry fee and then $25 per person. Children 2-12 years of age can participate in the 5K for a discounted rate of $15. All participants will receive a race T-shirt, a water bottle, water and fruit will be provided by sponsor Bilo, along with a few other goodies in their Snack Pack Bag.
The race will start and finish at Camp Jordan in East Ridge. Packet pickup for all applicants will take place May 16 at Crosspath Church in East Ridge. The Run to Feed 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 1 mile Fun Run will begin at 8:45 a.m.
Supporters who wish to fundraise on behalf of the cause can bring canned food items to the Run to Feed 5K. Snack Pack is currently accepting Vienna Sausages, fruit cups, applesauce, puddings, non-refrigerated chocolate milk, peanut butter snack crackers, mac and cheese and chili.
Thanks to sponsors - all of the registration fee will go to the Snack Pack by Crosspath ministry. The Run to Feed 5k/Fun Run is sponsored in part by Bilo, Modern Woodmen of America, US101, KissFM, 96.1 The Beat, Rock105, 98.1 The Lake and 4am Marketing. Booth space is also available. To become a sponsor or volunteer, contact Clint Powell at 505-1014. For more information about the Run to Feed 5K 1 Mile Fun Run, including registration and donations, please visit runtofeed5k.com.