At the Food Bank, we love food. Some of us like to cook it, but all of us like to eat it. That’s why we work hard every day to make sure everyone in Northern Illinois has access to it.
So when our events team announced the idea behind the Foodie 5K, it was not a surprise that gourmet food trucks would be waiting at the finish line amongst entertainment and fun activities for kids of all ages.
After year one, we realized from the number of Foodie 5K participants and supportive sponsors, that our donors, volunteers, clients, network members and friends in the community also shared our love for food and feeding our hungry neighbors.
Now it’s year four for the event and you still have nearly four weeks to get involved in the first Foodie 5K of the 2017 season! Whether you’re a serious runner, you occasionally “trot” for fun, you walk, or even if you roll, we hope you’ll sign up and join us for a Foodie 5K at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Independence Grove in Libertyville and/or at Lewis University in Romeoville. Every participant receives a $2 food truck voucher, a Foodie 5K shirt*, and a ticket voucher for the Kane County Cougars, Schaumburg Boomers or Joliet Slammers!
The Food Bank can convert every $1 donated into $8 worth of food for hungry neighbors, so just by participating in and/or fundraising for the Foodie 5K, you are truly making a difference in the lives of families in need in your community.
If you’re starting from zero, any steps you take before race day are steps to a healthier and happier you. With a little planning and dedication, there’s no reason why you can’t comfortably run the entire 5K distance!
To help you get started, here is a simple 16-day “Couch to 5K” training program. You can do it!
Join the hundreds of other walkers, “strollers” and volunteers who participate in the event and mission.
Invite your friends, colleagues, and families to stick around for the post-race festival which will include awards, food trucks, entertainment, a kid’s zone, and the camaraderie of knowing that you made a difference in the lives of your hungry neighbors.
Stay tuned for posts 2 and 3 of the Foodie 5K blog series—we’ll dive into who you’re really helping through your participation and fundraising efforts, and we’ll also share last-minute fundraising tips and how to make the most of the weeks leading up to the event.