SPFB's Summer of Sharing begins with ‘Conquer Hunger’ Run

SPFB's Summer of Sharing begins with ‘Conquer Hunger’ Run

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

(Press release)

During the summer months when kids are out of school, the South Plains Food Bank becomes a vital resource for the 1 in 7 people on the South Plains who face hunger. To help meet the summer’s food demand, the food bank and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will kick off the annual Summer of Sharing drive on Monday (Memorial Day) with the 9th annual Conquer Hunger Run, a 1-mile and 5k run for which the cost of participation is a donation of non-perishable food.

“The Conquer Hunger Run is an easy, family-friendly way to help stock the shelves of the food bank during these critical summer months,” said race director Cheri Gerwig. “I can’t think of a better way to provide immediate help to families in our community.”

All are invited to participate in the Conquer Hunger Run, which will take place on Memorial Day, May 28, at Lubbock’s Mackenzie Park. The 1-mile race starts at 9 a.m., and the 5k starts at 9:20 a.m. Registration is available online at conquerhungerrun.org, and on race day on location beginning at 8 a.m.

“Supporting the food bank is something that anyone can do,” said David Weaver, chief executive officer of the South Plains Food Bank. “Toddlers, teenagers, or adults—whether you’re a runner or not, we need everyone’s help to keep our shelves stocked.”

The Conquer Hunger Run, a community event sponsored each year by the local congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the first of many Summer of Sharing events at which hundreds of thousands of pounds of food are collected in order to support families on the South Plains facing the threat of hunger. Last year’s Summer of Sharing drive collected more than 130,000 pounds of food and raised more than $40,000.

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