5K color run in Thomasville helps feed hungry families

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Every Friday at Liberty Drive Elementary in Thomasville, kids are pumped up. Not just because it's the weekend, but because of what happens at 1:30 p.m. every Friday. That's when students get a backpack filled with food to take home with them.

"It's madness. They are so excited. We literally had to make the announcement to walk, not run, to Miss Upton's class to get your care package," said Communities In Schools' Susan Upton, who runs the food pantry program at the school.

Each week the program feeds 55 children and their families. Many more children have qualified for the program and are on the waiting list.

"93 percent of the families here are at or below the poverty line. With the jobs here, the economy, it's just been a huge toll. Families have to choose to pay medical expenses or their power bill or pay for a roof over their head or to buy some food. A lot of families are going hungry," Upton said.

If you'd like to help fill the food pantry shelves and feed more students in a fun way, there is a Hunger/Color Run 5K at Thomasville High School this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. You can register by going to active.com and selecting that race or you can sign up at the race. It is limited to 500 runners/walkers. Registration is $30 and all proceeds go to the Communities In Schools' food pantry.

For more information, call 336-474-4233.