Heroes 4 Hunger 5K walk/run helps feed Waldo County residentsFirst annual event takes off Oct. 6 at BAHS
Belfast — The first annual Heroes 4 Hunger 5-kilometer run/walk will be Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. at Belfast Area High School. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
The fundraising event is sponsored by Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP), an organization which has addressed hunger in Waldo County for decades.
Registration is available online at active.com, by emailing Jessica Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Waldo Community Action Partners at 207-338-6809.
Woods is a guidance counselor at BAHS and is the Waldo Community Action Partners vice-chairman.
The organization has provided thousands of meals to families and individuals through its Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food basket projects. Those projects are a year-round effort called Heroes 4 Hunger (H4H).
The organization will continue to offer food assistance during the holiday season as it did before. However, now it will offer nutrition education and assistance year-round to address food insecurity and obesity in Waldo County.
Nearly one in four children are food insecure in Maine The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA) reported a year ago that 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, are food insecure.
Many Mainers have been hard hit by the recession. The USDA estimates that 14.7 percent of Maine households, or approximately 200,000 individuals, are food insecure. The number of Mainers who are food insecure has increased significantly in recent years. Maine ranks 18th in the nation and second in New England in terms of food insecurity.