Author Archives: Jon Lowder

Choosing Between Food and Transportation; Walking Williamsburg Square; Support from Casual Furniture World

Hunger Fact of the Day: 73% of food insecure families report having to choose between food and transportation. Read more here.


Today’s sponsor:

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Casual Furniture World is a relatively new member of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association, but they’ve gotten involved quickly. Betsy Spencer has been a great, active, volunteer and our other members have noticed and voted the company Rookie Vendor Partner of the Year at our Diamond Awards banquet in March.

Casual Furniture World has locations in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Myrtle Beach and you should definitely check them out for your outdoor furniture, outdoor accessories, grills, hearth & fireplace needs..

Much thanks to Betsy and the team at Casual Furniture World for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive)!


Activity Day 67:

Originally I planned on walking the greenway near my office, but some wicked thunderstorms came through the area and I had to nix that idea. The storms cleared around dusk, so I did a couple of quick circuits around the neighborhood to make sure I could meet my 367-mile goal at Matt’s Run to Fight Hunger the following morning.

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Miles walked/run: 5.31 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 3.57

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SNAP Improves Health; Tennis + a Walk; Support from ProSource Fitness

Hunger Fact of the Day: People who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also commonly known as food stamps, have health care expenditures that are, on average, $1,400 less per year compared with similar people who are not enrolled in SNAP. – Source, Time Magazine


Today’s sponsor:

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ProSource Fitness Equipment is a very strong supporter of Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (my day job), and their point person in our market, Josh Owen, is an active volunteer who recently won PTAA’s Supplier Vendor Partner of the Year Award. They’re also very involved in the community, including PTAA’s Food Drive.

ProSource is a provider of fitness equipment, both commercial and residential, and I can vouch for them personally because I’ve purchased from them for my home gym and have had nothing but a good experience with the equipment and the company.

They donated enough for a week’s worth of sponsorship and yesterday was the final day of their sponsorship. Much thanks to Josh and the team at ProSource Fitness for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive) and for continuing to be leaders in our community!


 

Activity Day 66: Had some miles to make up as I close in on the finish line on Saturday, July 7. That’s why I added a neighborhood walk after 90 minutes of tennis. Thankfully the tennis was indoors, so I didn’t absolutely melt away, but even at 10:30 p.m. the walk was steamy. I’m surprised I didn’t end up as a puddle in the middle of the road. Getting close to the end!

Miles walked/run: 8.87 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 29.96

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Which Farmers Markets in NWNC Accept SNAP Benefits? Salem Lake in 90+ Heat; Support from FastSigns of High Point

Hunger Fact of the Day: One of the challenges faced by the food insecure is being able to find sources of healthy food. Unfortunately, it is often easier and less expensive to find high calorie, low-cost foods than it is to find nutritious food, so Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC has produced a comprehensive list Farmers Markets that accept SNAP benefits.  You can find it here.


Today’s sponsor:

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It is fitting that FastSigns of High Point is my sponsor for this portion of the walk which includes July 4. FastSign’s Joan Campbell was the inspiration and driving force behind Piedmont Triad Apartment Association’s (PTAA) first food drive 15 years ago and helped build it into the annual machine that it is today.  FastSigns of High Point also provides the signs for Matt’s Run to Fight Hunger each year, which helps raise thousands of dollars for Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC each year.

FastSigns of High Point is a long-time supporter of PTAA and we use them ourselves for signs for our events, like our annual golf outing. They’re also extremely well regarded in the apartment industry and do a ton of work with PTAA’s members.

Much thanks to Joan and the team at FastSigns of High Point for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive) and for continuing to be leaders in our community!


Activity Day 64-65: Well it’s been an incredibly hot week and Tuesday and Wednesday (July 3-4) were no exception. In an effort to try and offset some of that heat, and to get in some much-needed miles, I hit Salem Lake where most of the trail is shaded and there’s an occasional breeze off of the water. It helped, but it was still hotter than Hades. I once again enjoyed the company of my better 3/4, Celeste Lowder and we ended up having a good walk followed by a guilt-free dinner at home with a couple of glasses of wine. All in all, a great time.

Miles walked/run: 12.21 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 17.75

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SNAP’s Impact on the North Carolina Economy; It Was a Hot and Steamy Night; Support from ProSource Fitness

Hunger Fact of the Day: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also commonly known as food stamps, has a significant impact on North Carolina’s Economy. For every dollar of SNAP benefits spent, roughtly $1.73 is added to the local economy. In Fiscal Year 2015, SNAP generated $4,072,435,656.20 in economic activity in the state. – Source, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC


Today’s sponsor:

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ProSource Fitness Equipment is a very strong supporter of Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (my day job), and their point person in our market, Josh Owen, is an active volunteer who recently won PTAA’s Supplier Vendor Partner of the Year Award. They’re also very involved in the community, including PTAA’s Food Drive.

ProSource is a provider of fitness equipment, both commercial and residential, and I can vouch for them personally because I’ve purchased from them for my home gym and have had nothing but a good experience with the equipment and the company.

They donated enough for a week’s worth of sponsorship and Monday/Tuesday was Day 5. Much thanks to Josh and the team at ProSource Fitness for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive) and for continuing to be leaders in our community!


 

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Activity Day 63: For this walk, I once again enjoyed the company of my better 3/4, my partner in crime, Celeste Lowder. The day was very hot and steamy so we waited until about 9 p.m. to get started, which allowed us to get in some good miles without risking heat stroke.

Miles walked/run: 6.02 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 29.96

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What Percentage of Food Goes to Waste in the US?; A Hot and Productive Weekend in Winston-Salem; Support from Phillips Management Group

Hunger Fact of the Day: Nearly 40% of our food (or 165 billion pounds of food) goes to waste in the US every year. – Source- CNN


Today’s sponsor:

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Over the last few years, Phillips Management Group has REALLY stepped up their efforts to support Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. In fact, they have won the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association’s Owner’s Cup for raising the most food (per unit) of all the management company members of the association.

Phillips is very active in the community in many other ways, including actively supporting the work of Partners Ending Homelessness, as well as participating in innumerable community service projects in the many cities in which they have properties.

They donated enough for a week’s worth of sponsorship and this weekend constituted days 5-7.  Much thanks to Maria, Brandon and the entire team at Phillips for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive) and for continuing to be leaders in our community!

 

 

 

Activity Days 60-62: Walked the streets of Winston-Salem, mostly around Williamsburg Square, and then did a LOT of stuff around the house. Let’s just say I think I put on a show worthy of a Dirty Jobs episode.

Miles walked/run: 12.51 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 35.98

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How Many Seniors in NC Receive SNAP? Court Time in the A/C; Support from Blue Ridge Companies

Hunger Fact of the Day:

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), supports 151,000 seniors in North Carolina. –  Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC


The week’s sponsor:

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Blue Ridge Companies truly sets a high standard with it comes to corporate social responsibility. Without much fanfare, they support an array of charitable groups and causes in communities throughout this region and the country.  In addition to their incredible, long-term support of Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC every year, they also do an amazing job of supporting Toys for Tots, and for stepping up to support almost any community service project you can think of.  They’ve won the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association’s Owners Cup Challenge – a competition between management companies to see which can raise the most food/money during its annual food drive – that at one point we joked about renaming it the Blue Ridge Cup.

Blue Ridge has also stepped up to the plate to support all of my stunts meant to raise funds during PTAA’s Annual Food Drive. It began with a jump into one of their community pools wearing nothing but a bathing suit, high heels, a pink tutu, a tiara and their slogan painted on my back. From there it progressed to a dance video (that hopefully will never be seen again) and now includes this walk.

Much thanks to everyone at Blue Ridge for their always-awesome support!

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Activity Days 59: Got in some serious hitting with my buddy Tyler (a reluctant subject in the background of the pic) at Taylor Tennis Center. Getting in some miles in the a/c was a welcome relief from the heat and humidity we’ve had lately.

Miles walked/run: 5.75 miles. Here’s a collage of screenshots from my FitBit for the week:

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Miles remaining in the challenge: 48.49

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What Percentage of Income is Spent on How SNAP Supports Retailers; A Hot and Humid Walk in the Woods; Support from Phillips Management Group

Hunger Fact of the Day: More than 10% of all spending on food to be eaten at home comes from SNAP spending. In one month in 2016, SNAP funded around $174,341,866.51 of sales in North Carolina. – Source, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC


Today’s sponsor:

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Over the last few years, Phillips Management Group has REALLY stepped up their efforts to support Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. In fact, they have won the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association’s Owner’s Cup for raising the most food (per unit) of all the management company members of the association.

Phillips is very active in the community in many other ways, including actively supporting the work of Partners Ending Homelessness, as well as participating in innumerable community service projects in the many cities in which they have property.

They donated enough for a week’s worth of sponsorship and this walk constituted day 4. They provided me with some really nice shirts for the walk, and I’m glad they’re going to let me hold onto them because, as you’ll see from the pictures, they got more than a little sweaty! Much thanks to Maria, Brandon and the entire team at Phillips for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive) and for continuing to be leaders in our community!

 

 

Activity Day 58: Walked the Bicentennial Greenway in north High Point and all I can say is that it was H-O-T, humid and occasionally smelly (the creek the trail parallels can smell a little like a urinal). Still, it provides some really nice scenery and there are enough small hills to make it more interesting than walking the streets around here.

Miles walked/run: 9.15 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 54.24

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