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Move Your Feet Before You Eat: 21st Annual Run to Feed the Hungry Returns Thanksgiving Day

For many of us Thanksgiving means giving thanks and a large meal, but for 28,000 Sacramentans on Thanksgiving Day it will mean much the same…and more.

The 21st Annual Run to Feed the Hungry will give thousands the chance to start their holiday with a rejuvenating run or walk and a chance to help the thousands more who receive much needed services from the run’s supported organization, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

“The Run to Feed the Hungry is a great event because it involves family, fundraising, and festivities,” said Kelly Siefkin, Communications & Development Director for SFBFS. “Families come together to spend part of the morning exercising before they enjoy a large meal together, while also raising funds and awareness for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.”

The run is our nation’s largest Thanksgiving Day run and a huge financial support for SFBFS, who monthly serves 45,000 men, women, and children in our community. SFBFS focuses on helping families not through hand outs but through education and six distinct programs that aim to move them self-sufficiency and financial independence.

Their services are made possible by individual and corporate donations, the work of over 5800 volunteers, and events such as the Run to Feed the Hungry.

The run will start at 8am for 10k runners and at 9am for 5k walker/runners. The course will start at Sacramento State University and wind through the streets of charming East Sacramento.

“The event is filled with bands, elite runners, young families with strollers, and people happy to make a difference in the lives of families in need,” said Siefkin.

Interested in participating? Learn more and register online at runtofeedthehungry.com (early bird discount through Nov. 21) or at REI in Sacramento. And get this—if your Thanksgiving Day is already filled with other commitments, you can register as a virtual runner! You’ll still receive a bib and t-shirt, but can leave the running to runners.

For more information on Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, visit sacramentofoodbank.org.

About the author

Bethany Harris

Bethany joined Sacramento Press in 2013 and enjoys writing articles that uncover the happenings of the city and the people behind the stories who make them so worth telling. A native of Sacramento, she also loves photography, running, gardening, coffee, and discovering new places and new things to do--both in the city and throughout California.

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