His Bread of Life Food Bank presents Fayetteville’s Inaugural American Warrior 5K Walk & Run Saturday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m. at Festival Park.
“The purpose of this walk and run is to raise awareness and funds for His Bread of Life Food Bank which is a division of His Outreach Worldwide,” said Lynne O’Quinn, president of His Outreach Worldwide. “We feed many in the community every week, so we are just trying to let people know we are there and try to bring in funds to continue feeding many people every week.” O’Quinn added that the reason the race is named the American Warrior is that the organization is trying to fight hunger.
The 5K walk and run is a certified and competitive race. “We have a new route because the older route that we originally were going to use got washed out by
Hurricane Matthew,” said O’Quinn. “This will be a route that no one has done before.” Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place runner in these divisions: ages 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. Overall awards will be given for first, second and third place.
The mother ministry, His Outreach Worldwide, is a worldwide ministry in 122 countries.
His Bread of Life is one of their seven umbrella divisions. It is a non-profit Christian-based food bank serving children and families in Fayetteville who need food assistance. They give out food on a weekly basis and serve 30-40 households each week. The gospel message is provided to each family or individual who receives food from the food bank in hopes of spreading the message of Jesus Christ.
“It has its own building at 204 S. Reilly Road, and that is where everyone comes to get their food,” said O’Quinn. “We are different and unique in the way that we let the families come in and do their own shopping.” O’Quinn added that individuals can get a certain number of canned goods, meats, soups, cereal and other food items. They get to choose their items because the food bank does not want any food wasted. Anyone can come to the food bank. The organization will never turn anyone away.
Checks can be made out to His Bread of Life. Monetary and canned good donations are appreciated.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is $25, the day of registration is $30 and $20 for the military.
Come dressed in red, white and blue. T-shirts are guaranteed and included in registration fees placed before February 17. For more information call 864-3991.