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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, Food for the Poor is thinking of local families in need as well as those in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. It is asking participants in Food for The Poor’s 5K Walk/Run for Hunger on Saturday, at Quiet Waters Park, to bring a can of Thanksgiving-themed sides to benefit local families.

Welcomed contributions include cans of corn, sweet potato, green beans, pumpkin and cranberry sauce, for example.

“We want to help spread Thanksgiving blessings to needy families in our community, too,” said Robin Mahfood, the organization’s president and Chief Executive Officer.
Spearheading the effort is one who knows well the impact of the 30-year-old charity, Olympic medal winner Yohan Blake.

“I know what it is to be hungry, and so I respect what they are doing,” said Blake, nicknamed “The Beast” by his Jamaican teammates. “Food For The Poor is one of the most important charities in the Western Hemisphere.”

Registration for the 5K Walk/Run begins at 6:30 a.m. with the walk slated to start at 7 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. The cost of registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 6 and 10. Children 5 and younger can participate for free, and the registration fee includes a T-shirt for the first 1,500 who sign up.

Special awards will go to top finishers of each age group, with AccuChip providing the timing and scoring. The event is presented by Winn Dixie, and event sponsors include Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Corner Bakery Cafe, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, PNC, Polyglass, Runners Edge, Sun Sentinel, TeamReliv, WATA, Wells Fargo, and World of Beer.

Yohan Blake limited edition commemorative WATA bottles will be distributed at the run/walk.
The race will be followed by refreshments, live music, balloon artists, face painters and more. For information, see www.FoodForThePoor.org.

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