Thanksgiving Day is a joyful time as friends and families gather to count their blessings and bask in the warmth of companionship and comfort food.
However, recent years have seen an upswing in families who must economize on the traditional feast, due to the economic downturn. Many working families – who are typically givers in the community – are either under- or unemployed. They must economize on every meal, just to get by.
According to the most recent report released by the USDA (“Household Food Security in the United States”), 85 percent of American households were “food secure throughout the entire year, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.6 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year.”
That’s one out of every seven families. Of those families in need, nearly six percent had tightened the belt – literally. One or more household members reduced their food intake and “eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food.”
Fortunately, it is possible to do something positive that benefits everyone – both the giver and the receiver – this holiday season.
“The Run to Feed the Hungry is 25 percent of our budget,” said Kelly Siefkin, communication and development director at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. “So this event is significant.”
The 17th annual Run to Feed the Hungry will be held, rain or shine, on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 25. The race starts just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through East Sacramento. Registration is available online at www.RuntoFeedtheHungry.com. Fees are $35 for adults and $20 for children ages 15 and under. Timed runners pay $5 more. Race day registration is 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Timed 10K runners start at 8:45 a.m. Timed 5K runners start at 9:05 a.m., and all untimed 5K fun run/walkers will follow behind the 5K start.
The Run to Feed the Hungry is Sacramento’s largest and most popular Thanksgiving Day event. Families and friends gather to run the 10K portion of the race, or to walk the 5K section. The atmosphere is happy, festive and hopeful.
Participants agree: a little exercise is good for the body before enjoying a Thanksgiving meal…which will taste even better when one knows that the morning’s activities went to help neighbors in need.