Running for Rice
I'm Nate, the Volunteer Manager at ACRS. Running for me has been a significant activity that's supported my health and wellness over the years. The ACRS Food Bank supports the health and wellness of thousands of community members across our region. And Walk for Rice has been a cherished community tradition that both enormously supports the ACRS Food Bank and also beautifully celebrates our community.
I really miss doing Walk for Rice in-person. Even from my end of doing much of the planning that necessitates hundreds of hours and some really really late nights at the building, the event always unfolded in a beautifully joyous fashion and the volunteers, staff and community members who made it happen were amazing.
I formed this team to join others in celebrating the amazingness of runnning, Walk for Rice and the ACRS Food Bank. If you like to run and want to find a way to safely (and talking COVID19 safety) push yourself and suppot efforts to fight hunger in our community, that would be amazing.
Even though we don't have a much contact with our community members and clients at ACRS, the challenges they face have on balance likely only increase. There are significant economic stressors on the horizon. There has been a signifcant increase in anti-Asian racism. And Elders, who we regualrly served in our nutrition program, are increasingly isolated with the heightened risk factors of COVID-19.
During this pandemic, the ACRS nutrition team has pivoted to providing meals via delivery. In collaboration with community partners, they have been producing and delivering around 2000 meals/grocery bags each week. These meals have served as a huge lifeline for so many in our community. It's been done very efficiently (ex, a grocery bag of food, costs about seven dollars to put togeher). And volunteers have stepped up amazingly during this time, providing thousands of hours of service to prep, cook, distribute and deliver food.
This is absolutely a cause worth sorting. Any donations goes quite far and means a ton during this challenging time period when we face a historic recession.
RUN FOR RICE @ Seward Park - A virtual run RSVP at www.bit.ly/RUNFORRICE2020.
Join for a virtual run through Seward Park as part of the 30th Annual Walk for Rice (WFR), a fundraiser for the ACRS Food Bank. Each year, thousands would participate in Walk for Rice, a run/walk event through Seward Park that raises funds for the ACRS Food Bank. Due to safety issues around COVID-19, Walk for Rice is being held virtually. I'll personally (and safely) do a run tour of Seward Park that highlights some of the WFR activities of past years.
And if you are able, please make a donation that supports the ACRS Food Bank via my team page at http://bit.ly/RUNNINGFORRICE.
*Please note, that I'll be doing this run solo (or with my 15-month-old in a jogging stroller). I'm noting the time so that you can participate via Facebook live. Please don't try to join me on the run just so we can best allow for social distancing. Thank you! Nate