Run 4 Hunger

Moments from last year’s Run 4 Hunger.

Elk Grove Food Bank Services Executive Director Marie Jachino sees daily how much of a need there is to assist those in need of food and homes in Elk Grove.

The Food Bank continues to provide that help to the community with various services and programs that assist their mostly youth and senior citizen client base.

More than 5,500 neighbors in the Elk Grove and South County area were assisted this April, which was a record high number for the agency.

“It’s still really hard for people to accept the fact that there is a huge need for food; that people really are hungry in our community,” Jachino said. “There’s no face to hunger or someone who may be in need of a home. You may not always see them on the streets. It could be your neighbor or it could even be someone driving a new car that also may be sleeping in that car.”

The 14th annual Elk Grove Food Bank fundraiser, the Run4Hunger Family Festival, will be held at Elk Grove Regional Park on June 23, 7:30 a.m., and will include a new format focused on family participation.

The long-standing 5k/10k run/walk will be expanded by now including a Youth Challenge Course for children age 6-12 with events created and hosted by community organizations.

The Run4Hunger run/walk is a flat course that starts at the park and winds through the surrounding neighborhood.

The course will include mile markers and aid stations. All participants will receive commemorative medals recognizing their experience, and top finishers will receive a gift card prize package and be recognized at the Sacramento River Cats baseball game.

The Youth Challenge Course (YCC) will give youth age 6-12 a chance at an obstacle course that will contain a variety of challenge zones and refreshment stations. Participants will start in scheduled waves every 15 minutes throughout the morning.

Ninety-four percent of every dollar raised goes the Food Bank to help it continue and expand its services; six percent goes to administration costs.

Food Bank services include Emergency Food Distribution that assists those struggling to provide for their family’s basic needs; the Clothes Closet that provides clothes for school, work, or the change in seasons; Senior Mobile Distribution that assists older clients on a fixed, low-income with supplemental food; the Hawk Spot Food Pantry in partnership with Cosumnes River College serving students in need; the Veteran’s Resource Center; the Wilton Tribe Elders Program; and more.

“There are 171,000 people here in Elk Grove, and we really are seeing a huge increase in the people who need our services. I know that we haven’t met everyone’s needs – all of the resources just aren’t available. But with the help of the community we can make a big difference together,” Jachino said.

To register for the Run4Hunger Family Festival run/walk or Youth Challenge Course, visit http://www.elkgrovefoodbankfestival.com.

The Elk Grove Food Bank is always in need of volunteers, and food (including cat and dog food) and monetary donations.

To find out more, visit www.elkgrovefoodbank.org.