BUCKHANNON — The local Feed the Hungry Backpack Program recently held a planning meeting at Horizon’s Church in Tennerton to discuss their upcoming events, which includes a 5K Run and Walk next month.
Registration for the race has commenced on Facebook. Those interested in participating can follow the link https://www.raceentry.com/ and register early with a fee of $20. The 5K will take place at the Buckhannon Riverwalk Trail, where participants can walk or run. There will be games for the kids, items up for auction, live music by local band Free Indeed, event entertainment by Thunder Entertainment, and 50/50 tickets. Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m.
The backpack program is a local non-profit group that was founded in 2014 by Donnie Tackett. The first bag was delivered to Tennerton Elementary in 2014and the second school, French Creek Elementary, was added in 2015. Union Elementary was included in 2016 and Buckhannon-Academy Elementary School joined the efforts in 2017. The Feed the Hungry program supports over 250 children in four elementary schools in Upshur County by providing them with healthy snacks and drinks every Friday to help combat hunger over the weekend.
The program’s long-term goal is to provide every child in the county with weekly food packages year-round, so they are never hungry, and to show God’s love through this endeavor. In order to do this, the program needs help from the community. Feed the Hungry Backpack Program is seeking contributions from local businesses and individuals in the form of food and/or finances. Anyone with questions or needing more information about this program can contact Donnie Tackett at 304-516-6432 or follow on Facebook at m.me/FTHBackpackProgram.
Also, anyone wishing to volunteer and help this organization can show up on Tuesday evenings at the Horizons Church in Tennerton at 6 p.m. to help stuff food bags for the children. Continue to follow The Record Delta for updates from this wonderful and community-minded organization.