Our first inaugural Hunger Run/Walk 5K was held at the Ohio State University’s Fred Beekman Park at 9:00 am on Sunday, March 24th, 2019. 158 participants helped chase hunger out of Central Ohio! Our goal was to spread awareness about hunger and food insecurity in central Ohio, bring the community together, and raise money for Neighborhood Services Inc.
Did you know that 17.9% of Franklin County residents are food insecure, nearly 1 in 4 Franklin County children live in food insecure households, and Ohio ranks #1 in food insecurity in the Midwest? These are just a few of the many reasons why Neighborhood Services is so important. NSI was started in 1965 through the workings of 12 different churches in the Columbus area and has been serving the University District and surrounding zip codes since its creation. NSI provides a variety of services to help support the community and reduce the effects of economic inequality and food insecurity in Columbus. Some of their initiatives include their food pantry, produce market, clothing room, and special holiday programs.
Every dollar raised for NSI provides FOUR meals, which means that every participant in The Hunger Run 5K helped provide 120 meals. 158 registrants raised enough for 18,960 meals!
About the Organizers
Meet the organizers of the race: Lucy and Naomi! Lucy and Naomi are students at The Ohio State University, studying Political Science and Neuroscience, respectively. This academic year they are involved with the Nonprofit Immersion Program at OSU, where they are partnered with a local nonprofit in order to learn more about the inner workings of the nonprofit sector. This year they are partnered with Neighborhood Services Inc., where they decided to host a 5K to have FUN while raising FUNds for a great cause! They hope The Hunger Run 5K will be a great way to connect the Buckeye Community with the Columbus Community and raise awareness about the amazing work that NSI does.