Shir Ami's second annual "I Run for Food" 5K will be held Sunday, June 10 at Tyler State Park.
The event began last year after Langhorne resident and Shir Ami Synagogue member Elisa Stein saw a man on the street looking for food just blocks from her home. While Stein brought him tomatoes, cucumbers and other fresh foods, she knew there had to be others like him throughout the area.
Seeing this epidemic right in her own backyard prompted Stein to partner with her friend and Newtown resident, Stacie Mishler. The two sought support from Shir Ami to do something to help the area’s hungry residents.
After months of planning, gathering volunteers and outreach, the two women along with event committee member, Jamie Karp, launched the first I Run for Food 5K Run/Walk last year.
According to organizers, last year’s event was a success. About 300 people participated and $9,000 was raised to fight hunger in Bucks County.
This year, organizers said they hope to raise even more money and awareness for the cause.
Participants can choose to run or walk the 5K or one-mile race. The event will benefit local food pantries in Bucks County, including the Penndel Food Pantry.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. The 5K route is a-tree lined USATF certified course. Custom tile awards will be given out to winners in different age groups. Palate, Bagel Junction and Hers will provide a selection of food for all participants. Participants will also receive a t-shirt.