May is Hunger Awareness Month marked with fundraising walk Hunger Walk & 5K Run set for May 5 at Fort Steilacoom Park

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Emergency Food Network brings awareness to hunger in Pierce County with opportunities for community members to get involved in local hunger relief.

May is Hunger Awareness Month in Pierce County and is designed to inspire community members to take action about the need in Pierce County. More than 1.3 million visits are made to food pantries, meal sites, and shelters by residents in Pierce County each year. More than half of these visits involve children or seniors.

“May is the perfect time to bring attention to hunger as food pantries and meal sites are gearing up for one of the busiest times of the year,” said EFN Executive Director Helen McGovern-Pilant.

There are approximately 59,000 children in the Pierce County school system who receive free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch. When schools are out for the summer break these students will no longer receive the one or two meals provided each day at school. Many of these children and their families will rely on food from food pantries or meal sites to help supplement their nutritional intake during the summer months.

Pierce County residents are encouraged to get involved in the month of May by choosing at least one or more activities to help their neighbors in need. Hunger Awareness Month activities include the Hunger Walk & 5K Run, leaving a donation of food by mailboxes during the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive,  and volunteering at Emergency Food Network’s warehouse or Mother Earth Farm. A complete list of events and opportunities can be found at EFN’s website.

The largest Hunger Awareness Month event is the Hunger Walk & 5K Run on May 5 at Fort Steilacoom Park. Visit the Hunger Walk & 5K Run website for more information or to register, www.efoodnet.org/HungerWalk2018.

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