LONG BEACH, CA- Rise Against Hunger will hold their annual ‘Rise and Stride Race to end Hunger’ 5k and 10k in Long Beach beginning at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Alamitos Beach bike path.
Rise Against Hunger is an international nonprofit aid and relief organization with the primary goal to end world hunger.
The organization has been around since 1998, and since then the organization has distributed 540 million meals internationally.
Aside from donating meals to those in need, the organization has been doing virtual races for the past three years and will hold its first in-person race in Long Beach this year.
In 2020 and 2021 both virtual races had a total of 700 racers nationwide to end hunger. Rise Against Hunger is expecting to have a great outcome for the first in-person race. The public internationally is still able to join virtually for The Rise and Stride Race to end Hunger during the week of May 16-22 if unable to attend in person.
The Long Beach and Southern California communities will come together to give back and help make a change with world hunger.
The Food and Agriculture Organization reported that the pandemic’s effects are causing the number of undernourished people to increase. With many people struggling with hunger with the Coronavirus pandemic, the race offers opportunities to get involved in the work to end global hunger.
The significance of the 5k is to represent students all over the world who walk an average of three miles each day which is five kilometers. The 5k is the representation of walking the length a student will walk to school in the countries the organization serves.
This event is also set to have a significant impact on the families and communities facing food insecurity that Rise Against Hunger serves all over the world. The organization helps those facing hunger today and applies reliable help that will lift entire communities for years to come.
Cayman Hunter, Rise Against Hunger’s Partnership Manager in Los Angeles, is proud and excited to be back in person for the first time. She has been with the organization for two and a half years.
“I’ve had so many visions in helping the community and the mission,” said Hunter. “Finally, being able to do this in person after virtual races means a lot.”
The Long Beach community is more than welcome to donate, run for the race, volunteer, and sign up for their meal packaging events where people package meals to distribute internationally for school programs.
The race offers the public the chance to run or walk either 5k or 10k and is open to all ages. For more information, visit riseagainsthunger.org
By Arlene Guerrero