Monday, March 31, 2014

Pennsport Cares Week: Help Support A Fellow Pennsporter Run Against Hunger

Welcome to the Pennsport Cares Week! Pennsport is an amazing community filled with a diverse group of neighbors who give back any chance they get. Pennsport Cares Week is a celebration of that charitable spirit that lives in this neighborhood by featuring a new chance for you to get involved for the greater good. We understand times are tough and if you can't contribute financially, please consider donating your time to these worthwhile causes. And who knows? You may have a little fun the process.

Remember to stay involved: please share these stories with your friend or neighbors.


ISSUE: Help support the Coalition Against Hunger's Walk + Run Against Hunger
"In the U.S., more than 1 in 5 children don't know where their next meal is coming from. In the five-county Philadelphia region, over half a million people struggle to buy groceries for their families"
Last year, nearly half of all children in Philadelphia received food from food pantry
Donations can be made directly here


Ryanne Jennings, my wife and fellow Pennsporter, is participating in the Walk + Run Against Hunger on April 12th at the Art Museum. Ryanne will be running in the morning 5k (3.1 miles) in support of local food pantries and hunger relief agencies. While running her first 5k is certainly a challenge, nothing compares to the challenges presented to those with limited food access.

The Whole Pennsporter Fam Damnly at the Walk + Run Against Hunger 2013

Ryanne is the Communications Coordinator at The Food Trust, a Philadelphia based nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. "This run benefits dozens of agencies in the Philadelphia region  (including The Food Trust) that work to fight hunger and look to improve healthy food access," said Ryanne. "I have been training for the past few weeks and I'm excited for the challenge -- nervous, but excited. I've been running with our dog, Stella, who acts more like an anchor than running partner when she smells something interesting."

Listing Moyamensing Avenue and the Delaware River Trail as her favorite places to run in the neighborhood, Ryanne hopes her first 5k will bring some much needed awareness to food access issues. "I feel strongly about food access and it's an issue in which everyone can relate," said Ryanne. "We all know what it feels like to be a little hungry, but there are people in the region who simply don't know where their next meal is going to come from and this walk helps to bring awareness to the problem and the much needed funds to those trying to feed our neighbors."

Please consider making a contribution, big or small, to the Walk + Run Against Hunger. Donations can be made directly here

And, hey, come on out to the Art Museum on April 12th and show your support in person by walking against hunger. I know first-hand that it's a wonderful day out with the family and an inspiring way to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

The Mummer's Added Some Struttin' to the Walk + Run Against Hunger 2013

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