“Welcome, welcome, welcome to the sixth Hunger Bust Fun Run Walk.”
Over 260 people turned out for the Annual Fun Run Walk at St. Mary-Of-The-Woods College Saturday.
“This is an additional way for us to come together to help the pantry and it’s a fun way to do it too,” Jennette Wrin said.
The non-competitive run/walk took participants a little under two miles throughout the campus to benefit the Providence Food Pantry.
Last year, the pantry helped 13 thousand six hundred and thirty individuals and over 38 hundred families.
“It’s the kind of out reach that you would hope, we could grow out of,” Sister Joan Slovig said. “But people continue to need food and the need is greater and greater each year. So it’s wonderful that our event grows each year, we are able to help more people that way.
Jeannette Wrin and Sister Joan Slovig who have been helping organize the fundraiser for all six years, say the best part of helping the food pantry is seeing the people the pantry helps.
“The people at the pantry that come through the line, are so thankful for the canned goods they receive,” Wrin said. “And it enables them to help their family. When the kids come home from school they have snacks for them. It’s very much needed.”
And after the last person crossed the finish line, they were rewarded with water and snacks but the real reward was something much better.
“One of the most satisfying things is the gratitude from people and knowing that children in our community have something to eat is wonderful,” Slovig said.
Along with the walk today participants could bring in crackers for the pantry. When lasted checked, the pantry had over 200 boxes of crackers.