Friday, April 18, 2014

Seven Loaves Community Derby Run 5K and 10K


Racing to end the impact of poverty - particularly hunger - in Collin County, The Seven Loaves Community presents Derby Run, a 5K & 10K Run on Saturday, May 3, from 7 to 11 a.m., at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, 75093. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome too!  Event co-chairs are Aimee Heiser and Pamela Sewak. On race day, Seven Loaves Community will be collecting canned tuna, canned chicken and canned fruit for the Food Pantry. A donation bin will be placed at the registration tables.
 
Seven Loaves Community was established in 2009. The Food Pantry, the first initiative of Seven Loaves Community, serves over 1,800 individuals monthly (half of which are children). It is estimated in 2014 over 750,000 pounds of food will be distributed. The program now includes Joseph’s Coat, a clothing closet, which provides an average of 4,000 garments each month; Project Hope, a mentoring program to support women in crisis; and Plus One, a new initiative providing hygiene products to clients.
 
“All three organizations are more than service providers - they are lifelines of hope and vital to Collin County,” said Rev. Jennifer Arnold, Executive Director, Seven Loaves Community. “With an estimated 130,000 people in Collin County living below the poverty level, more than half of which are children, the human need in our own local community is significant. The Derby Run helps us to raise vital funds to continue to serve those in need.”
 
Project Hope, a program of the Seven Loaves Community, was created to eliminate hopelessness for families by providing a grace-filled program of coaching, training, education, opportunity and hope to women in crisis who desire a sustainable quality of life. Participants, who sign a year-long contract, are identified based on referral or from the Food Pantry. The goal of the program is to transform lives by focusing on seven areas: family, faith, education, career, budget, health and counseling. Volunteers from St. Andrew and from the community have donated funds and serve as coaches, sharing their gifts and talents, meeting with the participants weekly. This program also helps by providing a stop gap program to support the needs of women in crisis who aren’t aware or who don’t currently fit the profile of existing social agencies.
 
Run registration includes the run, boot camp for non-runners, 100 yard dash and more. Registration is available at www.derbyrun.org. The schedule is as follows: 7 a.m. - registration and packet pick up; 7:30 a.m. – race warm up with Vitality Fitness & Nutrition; 7:45 a.m. –Call to Post; 8 a.m. – starting gate opens for the 5K & 10K; 8:30 a.m. – 100 yard dash and other events for all ages; 10 a.m. – awards ceremony.
 
Advance online registration closes at midnight on Thursday, May 1. Participation in the 5K or 10K will also give you access to the Family Events area. For additional information, call 214-291-8038. For more information visit: www.7loavescommunity.org.

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