Unite to Fight hunger 5K

Filling in the Blanks will host the Unite to Fight 5K on Sunday, Aug. 26, with 8 a.m. registration at New Canaan High School. Race starting gun at 9:15 a.m. at Waveny Park. Awards at 10:30 a.m., culminating with a raffle. There also will be a kids’ Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., ahead of the official race. The event seeks to build community and raise funding for the purpose of ending childhood hunger in Fairfield and Westchester counties by providing children who are food insecure with weekend meals.

The Unite to Fight 5K was initially imagined by Britt Gardella, an NCHS alumni who was inspired through the memory of her mother, Kristen Ruth, to create an event which seeks to build community while aiding a local organization that helps children in need. Kristen was fiercely dedicated to her own children, as well as the children she taught as a kindergarten teacher at the Montessori School in Wilton. A longtime New Canaan resident, Kristen loved her community and the enduring pride and spirit throughout the area. Our mission is to honor her legacy by uniting to fight for childhood food security.

Filling in the Blanks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends. Founded in 2013 by two Fairfield County residents, Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer, Filling in the Blanks has grown from serving 50 kids to serving more than 1,100 kids in Fairfield and Westchester counties. In Fairfield County, more than 33,000 children are not sure where their next meal will come from. Most will get breakfast and lunch from school every weekday, but many will go from Friday lunch until Monday at breakfast without a decent meal. Filling in the Blanks is an organization that fills in those weekend gaps by providing each child in its program with a bag filled with healthy food for the weekend. When the obstacle of food insecurity is removed, children experience increased academic achievement in school and increase opportunities for success in their lives. The Unite to Fight 5K event partners with Filling in the Blanks to raise awareness, raise funds, and expand the program’s reach.

For more information visit fillingintheblanks.org and access the registration site for the Unite to Fight 5K through the events page. You can also find the Unite to Fight 5K page on Facebook and access the registration web page from there. For other questions or inquiries contact [email protected]. The event director is Britt Gardella.

You too can make a difference in the lives of local children by liking, sharing, donating, and registering for the event. Each registration and donation will raise funds which continue to serve these kids in need and expand Filling in the Blank’s reach to help more. As little as $5.25 will make a difference in a child’s life by bridging the gap from the school provided Friday lunch to Monday breakfast. Nourished children are healthy children — register today and help set them on a path for future success.

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