A new race is coming to Roseboro and it will be geared to helping locals generate donations for the Salemburg Food Bank.
Terry Lee and Allen West are two of the organizers for the event, and they are hoping to grow this new race to help support the food bank that has already donated over 100,000 bags of food. The race will start at 7:30 a.m. on July 12.
“The food bank was started in May, and this is the fifth year,” said Lee this week. “We started the first year and distributed to 147 families that showed up; we had prepared for 150. “
“Last November we had 820 families,” Lee detailed, explaining that each family received two bags of staple items, a bag of meat, potatoes and bread.
“It’s not enough to last a month but it’s to get them over the hump to the next pay period,” Lee said. “We saw a need. Senior citizens were having to choose between having two or three meals and having their medicine.”
Lee said seniors needed sufficient food to eat, but they also needed their medicine. The food bank’s aim, he stressed, was to alleviate the choice.
“These are people who go to work every day, but the money runs out before the month is out,” Lee said.
The food bank is able to provide outreach, Lee said, because of the support of many people, including over a dozen churches in the community.
“At least 15 churches in some shape or form provide assistance in either food, volunteering or donations,” he pointed out.
“It’s an honest to goodness true pleasure to be associated with it,” Lee attested, noting that often the workers get just as much of a blessing as those receiving the food.
Last year, in addition to offering food, bank volunteers provided a place of worship as well.
“In November of last year we started a church at the food bank,” Lee said. “We invited them to the new church as many of them didn’t have a home church. Some of them felt that they didn’t have the clothing or were ‘good enough’. That’s not the case.”
“It’s a ‘come as you are’ church,” he said. “If they want to come in their pjs and flip flops that’s OK.”
“There is no offering but we do have coffee and donuts,” Lee added. Three different preachers from different denominations and backgrounds rotate speaking at the church.
“They have the same message, that Jesus loves you and you’re worth a whole lot,” Lee said.
The church meets on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m..
“Some go to that before their regular church because the spirit is so sweet there,” Lee said, adding how the experience is like that of a big family.
Part of that family is Allen West, the pastor at Union Grove Baptist Church.
“Our church did a local missions week, as well as in North America and internationally,” he said. After some of those missions the group decided that they really wanted to do some local missions.
“We decided this year to think of a local mission,” West added. “We wanted to benefit the local community and a local mission.” His church was doing the Daniel Plan, which helps folks focus on a healthy lifestyle.
“We combined the two. It’s about being in better shape and the mission,” he explained. “We came before the food bank board and asked about doing a 10k.”
Saturday there will be a chance for a 10k, a 5k, and a one mile fun walk. Participants can walk or run and the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. on July 12 at the Western District Park in Roseboro.
Participants can register online at www.fsseries.com. The last day to register online is July 9. Registration can be done the day of the race but to guarantee a T-shirt size early registration is encouraged as well as a chance to save a few dollars on the registration fee.
“We will have live music, food, and the playground will be open,” said West. “It’s a family fun atmosphere.”
“This will be timed for those that want it,” he said, adding that a company is taking care of that. There will also be medals for different age groups.
“Everyone is getting a t-shirt and a goody bag, plus free refreshments after the race,” he said. “Every penny raised will go towards the food bank.”
Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122. Follow us on Twitter: @SampsonInd