Feeding South Florida® to Present 7th Annual Outrun Hunger 5K, Presented by JM Family, on Feb. 11; Moved to Huizenga Plaza

Event Offers a Fun & Easy Way to Make a Difference in the Lives of Those Facing Food Insecurity; Sponsorships Available

Pembroke Park, Fla. — Nov. 29, 2016 — On Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, Feeding South Florida®, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in the South Florida region, will host its 7th Annual Outrun Hunger 5K presented by JM Family Enterprises, Inc.  The event, which will raise funds to help end hunger in South Florida and raise awareness for the issue of food insecurity, will begin at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, and take place along the Rio Vista trail, before finishing along the beautiful and scenic Riverwalk. The Outrun Hunger 5K has moved to Huizenga Plaza from its previous years’ location due to event growth.

Event sponsorships and in-kind donations are available. For more information, contact Feeding South Florida Donor Relations Manager Nataly R. Perez at nramirez@dev.feedingsouthflorida.org or 954.518.1825.

Feeding South Florida, the sole Feeding America® food bank serving South Florida, rescues and distributes more than 44 million pounds (36.67 million meals) of food each year, through direct service programs and a network of more than 400 nonprofit partner agencies. It serves 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. In South Florida, 784,110 individuals are food insecure, and one in five children go to bed hungry.

“This signature event has grown year after year, with last year seeing more than 500 registrations. This has resulted in Feeding South Florida moving Outrun Hunger to a larger venue,” said Feeding South Florida President and CEO Paco Vélez. “The Outrun Hunger 5K is a great way to help our local neighbors in need of food assistance.

“Feeding South Florida has a 98 percent efficiency rating. We are able to provide six meals, or $12 worth of grocery products, for every $1 donated. This is because it only costs us about 14 cents to move a pound of food, with more than 98 percent of all donations put back into the community,” he continued.

Participants can pre-register at outrunhunger5k.eventbrite.com. Through Dec. 31, entry fees are for just $25 per person; from Jan. 1–Feb. 10, entry fees are $30 per person. On Feb. 11, registration is $35 and will start at 6:30 a.m. The entry fee includes an official Outrun Hunger 5K T-shirt, goody bag, and bib with timing chip.

The run/walk will start at 7:30 a.m. Awards will be distributed and a raffle will take place at 8:15 a.m. Music will be provided by Mike Sipe Entertainment throughout the morning.

Participants can join the event as an individual or a team. Members of any business or organization, friends and neighbors can start a team. Medals will be given for the top three places in each age category and overall best times for males and females.

Runners and walkers not only can participate in the race, but also fundraise to help end hunger in South Florida, by creating a custom fundraising Web page. Even those who want to help Feeding South Florida outrun hunger, but don’t want to run or walk, can support the organization as a virtual runner by creating a personalized fundraising page. To create a customized fundraising page, visit www.firstgiving.com/29408/2017OutrunHunger5k. For assistance in completing a fundraising page, contact Feeding South Florida’s Communications Coordinator, Jennifer Millon, at jmillon@dev.feedingsouthflorida.org.

About Feeding South Florida®

Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida® is the sole Feeding America® food bank in South Florida, and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in the region, serving 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population. Through a local network of more than 400 nonprofit partner agencies, Feeding South Florida rescues 44 million pounds of food annually, serving 784,110 individuals in need of food assistance, 264,280 of whom are children, and 130,000 are older adults, throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818.   


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