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Fighting Hunger in Cheney
Hunger Stomp is a 5K Fun Run/Walk that will bringcollege students, church-goers, and city residents together tobenefit two local organizationsthat fight hunger year-round.
First is Feed Cheney, which provides a monthlyfree hot meal, and the other is the Cheney Food Bank, which serves over 400families and distributes 100,000 pounds of food annually.
The run/walkwill begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 22 at the Cheney High School parking lot. This eventis for folks of all ages and abilities — from speedsters to trudgersto little ones in strollers, according to a press release. This is the first of what organizers hope will be an annual effort to stomp out hunger and build community spirit in Cheney. Matt McCombie of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints originated the idea of Hunger Stomp — an all-community, all-faith, all-ages event to fight hunger.
Others who are involved in sponsoring Hunger Stomp are: Eastern Washington Universitystudent groups (fraternities, sororities, clubs and organizations),churches (Cheney United Methodist Church, Lutheran Campus Ministry,Cheney United Church of Christ, Cheney Faith Center, Cheney Baptist Fellowship, the Newman Center, Cheney Church of the Nazarene, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints), with support from the city, fire and police departments, and Cheney schools. For more information, go towww.hungerstomp.com.
Participants may register on-line:www.hungerstomp.comor pick up a registrationform at Cheney Trading Company or the EWU Bookstore. Cost is $15 foradults and $10 for those age 17 and under. Registrations will be accepted until thestart of the event, although those who register after Oct. 12 are not guaranteed a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place finisher and other participants.