Help fight hunger in Southern Utah while running a 5K

A logo of the H.A.M. It Up Against Hunger Race is placed over a stock image of a race | St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Utah Food Bank is hosting its fourth annual H.A.M. It Up Against Hunger Race in St. George on Sept. 29, with all proceeds directly benefiting Utah Food Bank’s work in Southern Utah.

The 5-kilometer race will will be part of Utah Food Bank’s statewide efforts to celebrate national Hunger Action Month, which takes place during September. Utah Food Bank officials said they hope the race will increase awareness about the issue of hunger in the state, especially in Southern Utah, and bring attention to the work they are doing through their Southern Distribution Center.

With 36,150 Southern Utah residents unsure where their next meal will come from, 14,690 of whom are children, Utah Food Bank Southern Distribution Center is at the forefront of the fight against hunger in Southern Utah, according to a press release from the nonprofit.

“The significant number of people in Southern Utah who are facing hunger are a key focus of our work, and the statistics here are worse than the national average in some counties,” said Ginette Bott, president and CEO of the Utah Food Bank.

We work hard to help Utahns across the state who are struggling to access enough food to thrive. We hope this race will show Southern Utah residents just how pervasive hunger is in the area and how they can support Utah Food Bank’s work to mitigate it.

Event details

  • What: H.A.M. It Up Against Hunger Race – a 5-kilometer race benefiting the Utah Food Bank.
  • When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 a.m.
  • Where: Crosby Confluence Park, 1953 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.
  • Registration: Registration fees are $20 per person. Registration closes on Sept. 27. Registration and packet pickup information, along with further details on the race, can be found by clicking here.

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