Rainbow Kitchen, UPMC Health Plan to partner in Walk and Ride Against Hunger event
Rainbow Kitchen Community Services in Homestead and UPMC Health Plan are reaching a milestone this month in the war against hunger.
The 10th annual Walk and Ride Against Hunger is scheduled for May 31 at the Pump House in the Munhall section of the Waterfront.
Registration and a health and wellness expo begin at 9 a.m. The walk and ride starts at 10 and prize drawings begin at 12:30 p.m.
Participants will use the Great Allegheny Passage to walk and/or ride the trail in the Waterfront and beyond.
Health screenings, chair massages and children's activities are planned at the Pump House.
“It's our major annual fundraising event, and it's a significant source of funding for our program,” Rainbow Kitchen executive director Donna Little said. “It's for a really good cause. Rainbow Kitchen is really helping a lot of people.”
People can register for the walk and ride online at www.rainbowkitchen.org or submit a registration form, which is available for download on the website.
Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for youths ages 18 and younger, and $10 for any student in high school, college or trade school.
Those who register by May 16 can take advantage of a $5 discount, meaning adult registration fees would be $10 and others $5.
All registered participants receive a free T-shirt and prize ticket.
Those who bring a minimum $25 donation for Rainbow Kitchen the day of the event will receive an additional prize ticket. Event-goers can register and purchase more prize tickets at the Pump House.
“We don't have a target amount (for donations at the fundraiser),” Little said. “The thing we're focusing on the most right now is participation, and even it's not so much a number. It's an event that is family-friendly. There are a lot of people that have been coming every year. We're looking forward to having a good turnout.”
All proceeds go toward Rainbow Kitchen and its many services. Call 412-464-1892 for more information.
UPMC Health Plan partnered with the nonprofit to initiate WAR Against Hunger in 2004.
“I was really amazed just how many years we've been doing it now,” Little said. “It's evolved over the years. We've had it a couple different locations, and we're really excited about the location we started last year at the Pump House. It's bringing it back to Homestead, to the area where we're located. It helps highlight the historical aspects of Homestead and the Rainbow Kitchen, and it's a beautiful setting along the river.”
Rainbow Kitchen is celebrating its 30th anniversary serving struggling families in the Steel Valley area. It has been a strong and reliable source of aid for people in need, and a vital safety net for hungry children, families, low-income elderly and disabled individuals, and people who are homeless, unemployed or among the working poor.
“In the last several years, when the economy went so bad and a lot of people were adversely affected, a lot of people didn't bounce back,” Little said. “The funding and the resources that we need to provide services haven't increased like the need has.”
Rainbow Kitchen is supported through AmazonSmile, a free option for amazon.com customers.
Go to smile.amazon.com, select Rainbow Kitchen as a charity, then shop as normal. A portion of the purchase price is donated to the organization.
Monetary donations can be mailed directly to Rainbow Kitchen, 135 E. Ninth Ave., Homestead, 15120, or by going online at www.rainbowkitchen.org.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or email@example.com.
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