Waldo Community Action Partners has launched Heroes 4 Hunger, a year-round effort to address food insecurity and obesity in Waldo County.

Thousands of meals have been provided to families and individuals through the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Food Basket projects. Waldo CAP will continue to offer food assistance during the coming holiday season, as before. However, now nutrition education and assistance will be offered year-round to address food insecurity and obesity in Waldo County.

To build awareness of the new H4H effort and to help provide financial support to the food basket project, Waldo CAP is sponsoring the 2nd annual Heroes for Hunger 5K on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Day-of registration for this fun run/walk opens at 8 a.m. at Belfast Area High School. The 5K begins at 9 a.m.

Advance registration is available online at active.com or by emailing Jessica Woods at jessicajwoods@gmail.com or calling Waldo Community Action Partners at 338-6809.

“Be A Hero” Nov. 29: each 5K registration will provide food to a family this holiday season.

In Waldo County, almost 6,000 people, nearly 2,000 of them children — one of every four — don’t have enough to eat, according to a study by Feeding America, a nonprofit network of 200 food banks and sponsor of the Hunger Action Month campaign.

In Maine, 15.5 percent of the population — including more than 64,000 children — suffer from hunger.

Maine ranks 18th in the nation and first in New England in terms of food insecurity overall and among children, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Among seniors, Maine ranks 17th in the nation and first in New England.