JOIN THE 13TH ANNUAL HUNGER 5K
TO FIGHT HUNGER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!


Matthew 25: Ministries’ Hunger 5K Benefits Matthew 25’s Work with Those in Need!


OCTOBER 19, 2018 Cincinnati, OH – The thirteenth annual Hunger 5K Run and Walk Sponsored by Brandicorp and Lang Financial Group on November 3rd benefits locally based humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization Matthew 25: Ministries. The race on November 3rd kicks off the Hunger 5K Food Drive which provides much needed non-perishable food items to over 40 local food pantries and shelters during the holiday season.

Now in its 13th year of helping to fight hunger in Greater Cincinnati, the Hunger 5K and Hunger 5K Food Drive have raised more than 800,000 pounds of food for Greater Cincinnati’s poor. In 2017, 34% of Matthew 25’s 16,500,000 pounds in distributions stayed in the US and more than 500,000 pounds of supplies stayed right here in Greater Cincinnati, benefiting approximately 60 local partners.

The 2018 Hunger 5K Benefiting Matthew 25: Ministries and Sponsored by Brandicorp and Lang Financial Group receives support from Platinum Sponsors 700WLW, KISS107.1, Local12 WKRC-TV, City of Blue Ash , Fleet Feet Sports, Lamar Advertising and Prestige AV & Creative Services; Gold Sponsors Cornerstone Dental Group and McSwain Carpets & Floors; Silver Sponsors The Alleen Company, Cincy Magazine, Formica, Get Me Registered, Kroger, Trust Blue Review, Oxford Physical Therapy, TAPE Products Company and Valpak; Bronze Sponsors Crown Trophy, Magic Moments Photography and Wornick Foods; Copper Sponsor McDonalds Ison Family Management, Trader Joe’s as well as nearly a dozen food, beverage and event partners who help make the day one to remember!  There will be fantastic food, chocolate fountains, face painting and more at the Hunger 5K Afterparty. Local 12 morning anchor John Lomax will kick off the race at 8:30 AM and local vocalist Pam Noah Leonard will sing the National Anthem.

Participants can save $10 by registering in advance and all participants receive a long sleeve t-shirt, goody bag and access to the huge buffet.  Discounts are available for groups of six or more.  The Hunger 5K’s registration site, hunger5k.org also offers expanded opportunities to start a group, invite friends to join or to fundraise.  Team captains receive a “champion gift” and there are tiered prizes available to fundraisers.  All participants are automatically registered to win one of hundreds of fabulous door prizes.  There are multiple race categories with awards to the first three winners in each category.  Details of the USATF certified course for the 2018 event are available at hunger5k.org. Chip timing will be provided by End Result.  The Hunger5K has received the official “Squeal of Approval” from the Flying Pig Marathon.

All proceeds from the race and the food drive benefit Matthew 25: Ministries’ work with the poorest of the poor and disaster victims in Greater Cincinnati, throughout the US and in more than 60 countries around the world.  Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the race or the food drive.  Matthew 25: Ministries accepts food donations from local individuals, groups and organizations, as well as bulk donations of food from corporate donors. Matthew 25 also welcomes financial gifts for the purchase of additional food staples. Non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at Matthew 25: Ministries from 9am – 4pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 3pm on Saturdays through November 30. All food donations are distributed to Greater Cincinnati pantries and shelters during the holiday season.

Lack of food is a critical local and global issue. Approximately 1 in 4 families in Greater Cincinnati are living with food insecurity according to the Community Health Status Survey. But with the help of our generous community, Matthew 25: Ministries can work with partners during the holidays to bridge the gap for families in need.

Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster relief and humanitarian aid programs. 100% of designated funds are used for the purpose intended. Matthew 25 also welcomes volunteers six days a week at their Blue Ash facility.

For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer or Mary Tignor at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook facebook.com/m25m.org, Pinterest pinterest.com/m25m/, Instagram instagram.com/m25m_org and Twitter twitter.com/M25M_org.

ABOUT MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses over 15,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 20,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 has been highly ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of approximately 3,000 four star charities on Charity Navigator.  Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the “Wise Giving Alliance Standards”. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Joodi Archer or Mary Tignor at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.

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