Hunger affects people you see every day- the cashier at the grocery store, a child in your son or daughter’s class, the senior down the street who requires expensive medication. The Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry, located at 7717 Harrison Avenue, is working to address the need in the 45231 zip code including the city of Mt. Healthy and parts of North College Hill, Colerain and Springfield Townships. The pantry serves nearly 18,000 people annually.
“Many of the people that we serve are the working poor,” said Kathy Lorenz, Director of the Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry. “Some have recently lost jobs and are having trouble paying their bills. They need temporary assistance as they get back on their feet.”
You can help support the Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry’s efforts through the Freestore Foodbank’s 12th Annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run presented by Kraft Foods. The event, taking place at 9:00 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at Yeatman’s Cove, helps support the Freestore Foodbank’s network of 350 community partner agencies located in 20 counties throughout Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Partner agencies form teams and raise money through pledges of support from their community. Early registration (by Tuesday, May 12) is a $20 entry fee + t-shirt or $15 entry fee. Late registration (after Tuesday, May 12) is a $25 entry fee + t-shirt or $20 entry fee.
“Our budget is tight. The downturn of the economy impacted donations. The support we receive through Hunger Walk provides us with extra funds to buy food for our hungry neighbors.”
The Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry has a goal to raise $3,000 through Hunger Walk this year, the equivalent of 9,000 meals. To join the Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry’s Hunger Walk team or to donate to its efforts, call (513) 482-7546 or visit www.cincinnatihungerwalk.org. Online registration is open until 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 22.