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Rachel’s Table Teen Board Invites Community to Help Fight Childhood Hunger in Western Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD – The Teen Board of Rachel’s Table invites the community to the Irene E. and George A. Davis Outrun Hunger ‘14, a 5K walk/run to alleviate childhood hunger in Western Massachusetts. The program will take place on Sunday June 1; registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Springfield JCC at 1160 Dickinson Str.
Participants can register for one of three options: a 5K (3.1 mile) run, a 5K walk, or a one-mile “fun walk.” This year, the run will be officially timed by the Greater Springfield
Harriers, Inc. All the routes wind through the streets of Longmeadow and end up back at the JCC, where there will be a short awards ceremony. Prizes will be awarded to
the first male and first female runners to reach the finish line, to the team that has the most participants, and to the team that raises the most money. Of course, the real reward is the knowledge that you are helping provide food to the children of Western Massachusetts.
“Outrun Hunger is an opportunity to empower our Teen Board to help alleviate childhood hunger,” said Rachel’s Table director Debbie Rubenstein.
This is the second biennial Outrun Hunger. In 2012, more than 167 community members participated and raised more than $15,000. A grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, along with a small registration fee for participants cover all the costs of the event. Therefore, every dollar raised will go directly to alleviating childhood hunger through projects that provide food directly to those in need and to programs that educate youth about childhood hunger in the community.

A new program, the Holyoke Backpack Initiative, sends food home to homeless children over the weekend. Childhood hunger is a serious problem in Western Massachusetts. There are approximately 34,000 hungry children in Western Massachusetts. Nearly 50% of school-age children in Springfield and Holyoke are “food insecure”- they don’t know
where their next meal is coming from. Children who do not receive adequate nutritious food have a harder time concentrating in school, and their academic performance
suffers.
“When members of our Teen Board learned that so many of their peers weren’t getting enough nutritious food, they wanted to do something to help. Not only did they come up
with the idea of Outrun Hunger,” Rubenstein said, “but they are also soliciting sponsors, publicizing the program, and recruiting their friends and family members. They are the
next generation of our leaders and are models of commitment and creativity.”
In addition to the grants, major sponsors include The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, our naming sponsor, gold sponsors, Bay State Health, Camp Ramah in NE,
and Williams Distributing, silver sponsors, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, PC, and Peoples Bank, and Sugar and Spice, bronze sponsors, Berkshire Bank, Chicopee Savings
Charitable Foundation, and Susan and Ron Grodsky, along with many other community members.
The $10 registration fee (plus $15 minimum in contributions) includes snacks, water, and a t-shirt. To register for Outrun Hunger ‘14, or to learn more about volunteering and
sponsoring the program, please contact Rachel’s Table at (413)733-0084, or visit www.RachelsTableSpringfield.org.
Rachel’s Table is a project of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and WWLP-TV22.

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