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Fun run  Saturday helps feed struggling families

Mike Mallory gets on his running shoes for this Saturday's Hit the Streets fun run to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED April 5, 2010 1:28 a.m.
Mike Mallory wants to put hunger on the run.

He knows that isn’t going to happen until more people are aware of those who are struggling to feed their families in the Northern San Joaquin Valley - the heart of the greatest food producing region in the world.

It is one of two reasons why the Second Harvest Food Bank is staging the Hit the Streets for Hunger 5K Run this Saturday on the first day of the Crossroads of California Street Fair in downtown Manteca. The other reason is to help raise funds for the Manteca-based non-profit that serves as the distribution center for food that helps stock 220 food banks serving communities in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties as well as the Sierra foothills.

“We want people to understand that hunger isn’t just around Christmas,” noted Mallory who serves as executive director for the food bank. “Hunger is a problem 365 days a year. We’re hoping the run helps raise awareness.”

Mallory noted the need is up about 30 percent across the region. At the same time large donations are down to the food bank although a number of people have stepped up to help cover the shortfall.

“A lot of the people who are helping others aren’t that well off themsleves,” Mallory said, adding that people understand that others are hurting

Hit the Streets for Hunger is a 5K Walk/Run with one mile and 5K courses along the Tidewater Bike Path starting in downtown Manteca near Library Park on Saturday.

It is a family friendly event and all ages are welcome to participate.

Registration forms are available at Second Harvest Food Bank, 704 Industrial Park Drive or the Manteca Convention & Bureau office, 1422 Grove Ave., near the roundabout water feature at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley. Pre-registration is encouraged.
On the day of the event, registration and check in will begin at 7 a.m., the one mile race will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K race will begin at 8:30 a.m.  The winners will be announced and awards will be given at 10 a.m. on the Gazebo Stage in Library Park.  Registration will be located at the corner of Elm and Center streets.

Entry fees are as follows; Pre-registration $15, day of registration $20, family registration (pre-registration only) $45.  

Contact Alanna Robins at  239-2019 for more information or to get registered.

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