The Food for Others annual 5K is set to take place this upcoming Saturday (Sept. 7).
The race will feature a fun run and prizes for participants while also benefiting local community members who cannot afford basic groceries, Alison Padget, a Food for Others spokesperson, said.
Special guests will speak at the event, including Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, Padget said.
“People think of it as being wealthy areas,” she said. “But, there is something like 50,00 people [who] are food insecure.”
As the sixth annual event, Padget added that she typically sees around 400 participants manage to raise around a $45,000 net profit for donation. For comparison, $35 will supply 15 families with eggs and milk.
According to the Food for Others website, the organization is part of Northern Virginia’s “safety net” for low-income families. They work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, local grocers and food drives to supply extra food for those in need.
Photo via Food for Others