For the 29th year, The Atlanta Community Food Bank is hosting its annual Hunger Walk/Run, Sunday, to help almost a third of Georgia’s children, who are living in households without enough food.
Thousands of metro Atlanta residents from all generations and walks of life will walk or run the 5K this year to raise about $600,000 for the food bank, plus five other partners with hunger prevention initiatives, including the Episcopal Charities Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and the St. Vincent De Paul Society.
“We hope to see 15,000 people or more out on [Sunday],” said Hunger Walk committee chair Kelly Hornbuckle, a Buckhead resident.
She works for the Buckhead-based Georgia Restaurant Association, which has a close relationship with the food bank, she said.
“Ever since I’ve started working here, I’ve been passionate about what the food bank does,” Hornbuckle said. “I love all the people. I love that you get out there and you can see 15,000 people in a huge line walking and running. … Seeing that amount of people is very powerful.”
She said the food bank feeds four times the amount of Hunger Walk participants — about 60,000 people — every week. And in fiscal 2012, the food bank distributed more than 37 million pounds of food and grocery products, compared to 34 million the previous year.
Ronnie van Gelder, program director of The Temple in Midtown, said it has been involved in the walk for several years.
“When you see the entire community come out — religious groups and organizations and businesses support it, and people of all ages. There are moms pushing strollers, musicians on the sidelines playing and singing,” van Gelder said. “It’s just a great Atlanta event that’s doing a lot of good and raising awareness about the issue of hunger.”
She said The Temple aims to raise $6,000 this year. Aside from the walk itself, there will be several activities for both children and adults. This year, the Nationwide NASCAR “show car” and virtual “race driving” experience will be on site with an interactive race simulator and enter-to-win prizes.
The Kids Play Zone will include educational activities such as the food bank’s life-size, interactive board game Feast or Famine and face painting. Plus, Hornbuckle said there will be live music and food trucks for participants.
“You can run, walk, you can play or you can just hang out in the parks [at Turner Field] the whole time,” she said. “It’s going to be a party.”
If you go:
o What: Hunger Walk/Run
o Where: Turner Field’s Green Lot, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, downtown Atlanta
o When: Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.; walk starts at 2 p.m.
o Tickets: $25 for individual registration
o Information: http://bit.ly/15nFb3a