Turkey Trot at Avila Beach

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As runners, we tend to think about food – a LOT. Between considering the best options for pre-run meals, making sure that our daily diet is sufficient for our activity level, and fantasizing about the post-marathon corndog, burger, milkshake (or one of each), the nature of the sport ensures that food is almost always at the forefront of our minds.

This Thanksgiving , we want to keep it that way – but with a perspective shift. Running Warehouse is partnering with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo to host the 2014 Turkey Trot to support the fight against hunger in our community. The purpose of the run is to raise funds and awareness for the hungry in SLO County, in order to create change for families who are going without meals. As runners, let’s recognize and assist those who do not have the privilege of thinking about food in the same way that most of us do on a daily basis.

Currently, one in six people are food insecure, meaning that they do not know where they will receive their next meal. These numbers are staggering, and the need is continuing to grow. According to the Food Bank, the epidemic of hunger in the county has grown by 25% in the last year.

The mission of the Food Bank Coalition of SLO is “to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.” They envision every person in the county having sufficient access to nutritious food, and work to achieve this goal in a number of ways.

The Food Bank has distributed, on average, six million pounds of food annually. Half of that food is fresh produce. This is accomplished by working directly with over 200 non-profit agencies, providing programs such as Food for Children, Emergency Food Assistance Program, and Healthy Food for Local Families, as well as founding GleanSlo, a partnership between local farmers and the Food Bank.

As a company that highly values health and wellness, we at Running Warehouse desire to see the vision of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo come to life. We invite you as a community to join us in support of their endeavors, and in support of the hungry in SLO County.  So keep food on the brain this Thanksgiving – we certainly will be. (If you do not live near SLO county, please take a few minutes to consider how to be involved at a distance or look locally to see if there are similar programs to support.)

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