Woman stops in Piedmont as part of 200 food banks journey

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Jess Kurti and her Subaru have covered thousands of miles together, including making a stop in the Piedmont.

Kurti has traveled across the United States with the ambitious goal of volunteering at all 200 food banks within the Feeding America network and running 100 marathons.

This week Kurti volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC – the 158th food bank where she has volunteered since pursuing what she calls the “Beast of Burden Challenge.”

In 2012, Kurti was downsized from her position of employment – forcing her to think about the next chapter in her life.

“I thought while I have some time and I have some money, why don't I road trip, reconnect with some family and friends, see the country and kind of figure out what I wanted to do with my life,” Kurti said.

In 2014, Kurti registered for an info session and tour of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

During her time volunteering she says she learned about the various factors that contribute to nationwide hunger.

“Which shocked me to the core,” she said.

2014 is the same year she decided to visit the 200 Feeding America food banks in hopes to spread awareness and learn about how hunger impacts different communities.

“I just love the traveling part of it. I really love to help, especially the food banks that don't have a lot of resources,” she said.

Kurti also runs to raise awareness about the connection between health and hunger.

She recently completed her 81st marathon.

When we interviewed Kurti, she was hoping to visit Fayetteville next.

She’s not sure how she will share her experiences once she reaches her goal, but has thought about writing a book or going to graduate school to learn about nonprofit leadership.

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