LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – Looking for a good road race for a good cause?
Look no further than the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Crossover 2019 God and Country 5K Run/Walk in Lexington on the morning of Nov. 9. The 5K run/walk and 1-mile family fun walk will take place on the paved Legacy Trail with the start/finish located near the Coldstream dog part in northwest Lexington.
U.S. military veteran servicemen and women will be honored at the race and can enter for a reduced fee.
Partial proceeds raised from the race will benefit God’s Panty Food Bank. Participants are also being asked to bring non-perishable food items during the race packet pickup. Food donations coll3ected on the day of the race will be used to help feed the needy in the community.
Race participants in the chip-timed run and fun walk will also receive commemorative t-shirts, enjoy some good food and fellowship.
The Crossover 2019 race is honored to have God’s Pantry Food Bank as a partner and beneficiary.
God’s Pantry Food Bank has an interested history. Founder Mim Hunt owed to leave “the heartbreaking profession of social work” when she returned to her hometown of Lexington after serving as a child welfare worker in New York City in the 1940s.
She and her husband, Robert, opened “Mim’s,” a combination gift shop, antique gallery and health food store but after seeing poverty in Lexington rivaled what she fought in New York, found herself unable to remain silent.
Mim began her work in Lexington by filling her station wagon with food, clothing, and bedding, and distributing it directly to individuals in need. God’s Pantry Food Bank was born out of this work in 1955 and remained mobile until the first pantry was opened in 1959.
Since its founding, the Food Bank has grown in many ways. What started with one woman attempting to do what she could to address a need is now an organization serving 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky through a number of programs with a dedicated staff committed to the mission of solving hunger.
Hunt devoted her life to helping others, and her legacy continues to be honored at God’s Pantry Food Bank. Her work is proof that one person, with every small action, can make a large impact.