Grugle grooole urgle…
Most of the time, when your stomach starts to growl, you blindlessly mosey on over to the kitchen, open the stainless steal refrigerator or the pantry stocked to the brim with packaged goods, peer at the contents within and grab for whatever you’re craving. It seems as if this is just an innate trait that we all share, and while hunger pangs do transpire in everyone, some people just don’t have the luxury to amble into their kitchens and prepare themselves a tasty snack.
If you can believe it, according to FeedingAmerica.org, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households in 2008. What is even more shocking is that even though there are people with insufficient amounts of food, almost 100 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in the United States!
Here in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, the Food Bank of the Rockies aids in lending out nourishment to roughly 1100 hunger-relief programs and last year, “distributed over 26 million pounds of food, enough to provide more than 56,000 meals each day to children, seniors and families in need.”
To continue in this trend, this Sunday, September 26th, a 5k and 10k race will be held sponsored by Panera Bread and all the proceeds will go to the Food Bank of the Rockies so they can gather even more pounds of food to feed even more people who are in need. Absolutely anyone can take part in these races and at the finish line, everyone will be able to refuel with Panera Bread staples like bagels, pastries and sandwiches. In order to take part, you must register in person by September 24th, at Road Runner Sports in Westminster, Runners Roost in Denver, Runners Roost in Lakewood or Solepepper Sports in Louisville. You can also register in-person at the Westminster Panera Bread Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on race day beginning at 6:45 a.m.
Both the 5k and 10k races start at 8 am at the Panera Bread at The Shops at Walnut Creek – 10450 Towncenter Drive in Westminster., so be sure to have your sneaker laces tied tight and your water bottles filled to the brim!
By the end of the race your stomachs will undoubtedly be ready for a feast but as you nosh on the goods, don’t forget the sole purpose of running this race, to help feed the growling stomachs of the 11.2 % and 13 % of people living in poverty in Colorado and Wyoming.