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How Many Kids in NC are Enrolled in SNAP? Catching Up on Lost Time; Support from ProSource Fitness

Hunger Fact of the Day:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also commonly known as food stamps, has over 663,000 kids enrolled in North Carolina. – 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 4. 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 Days 56-57: For this walk, I once again enjoyed the company of my better 3/4, my partner in crime, Celeste Lowder. We took advantage of the coolest day we’ve had for weeks, and likely the last cool day we’ll have for at least a month, to get in some serious catch-up miles.

Miles walked/run: 10.01 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 63.39

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What Percentage of Income is Spent on Childcare When School is Out?; Putting in Some Solid Miles; Support from Phillips Management Group

Hunger Fact of the Day: During the summer, when school is out, many families struggle to put food on the table because their childcare expenses increase significantly. According to a blog post at Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC, “American families can expect to spend 20% of their income this summer on childcare. In North Carolina, the cost of childcare is even more burdensome: here, the percent of the median summer income spent on childcare is 22%.”


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 weekend constituted days 1-3. 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 53-55: The first day of this leg of the challenge was a Friday and I explored our office park as well as the attached facilities also owned by Highwoods (our landlord). I found some places I’d never come across before in our seven years here, including a pond I had no idea existed. This place really is pretty big so I was able to get in some good miles. Saturday was a walk around the neighborhood and a bit of a break to recover, especially given the heat. Sunday, my better 3/4 went with me to Tanglewood Park in Clemmons and I was able to get in some serious miles there (just shy of 10).

Miles walked/run: 20.10 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 73.4

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Right Now You Can Feed Twice as Many People per Dollar; Breaking 100 on a Dark and Stormy Longest Day; Support from ProSource Fitness

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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 Sunday was Day 3. It’s appropriate that they are sponsoring my first walk back home since they sponsored my first day in Utah. 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 52: For this walk I enjoyed the company of my better 3/4, my partner in crime, Celeste Lowder. We took advantage of the summer solstice and milked every minute of the longest day for this walk. Our timing was impeccable because halfway through the walk some thunderstorms rolled in so we had to boogie to get the miles in before the lightning started to get too close for comfort. Gotta say it’s a lot more fun having Celeste with me on these walks and I’m hoping she’ll join me for more. And hey, if you feel like going for a walk with me just give me a shout and maybe we can make it happen. The more the merrier!

Finally, we reached another milestone: less than 100 miles left for me to make the 367 challenge goal!

Miles walked/run: 7.06 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 93.5

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LGBT People are Disproportionately Food Insecure; Encounters with Urban Wildlife; Support from Crescent Rotary Club

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Sponsor for Days 49-51:

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I’m a proud member of Crescent Rotary Club in Greensboro and am most appreciative of their support for this walk (especially the support of “Mr. Rotary” Patrick Eakes. Crescent has about 80 members and those members are all extremely active in supporting the community, through volunteer hours and through financial support via the Crescent Rotary Club Foundation and the Rotary International Foundation.

I’ll highlight just two of Crescent’s many activities this year. First, the club worked with Second Harvest to support the Community Cupboard at the East Market Seventh Day Adventist Church in Greensboro. The club’s foundation donated $4,000 to help purchase new equipment and club members volunteered to help serve food to members of the community who were impacted by the tornado that hit East Greensboro in April. Crescent Rotary Club Foundation also donated $20,000 to the fund established by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to help immediately re-house those who were displaced by the tornado.

If you’re in Greensboro I highly recommend checking out Crescent – it’s a great place to find like-minded business people who are all about serving their community.


Activity Day 49-51: The walk on day 49 was a trip. First, I stepped right over a black snake that I thought was a stick until I saw it slithering away right AFTER I’d just stepped over it. Then about five minutes later and just a couple of blocks away, a very large owl flew out of a tree and directly in front of me before perching itself on the house I was walking by. The combination of those two events had my heart rate WAY more elevated than it normally would have been. Luckily days 50 and 51 had no drama because this old man can only take so much.

Miles walked/run: 15.28 miles. Here are the screenshots from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 100.56

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15 States With Highest Rate of Food Insecurity; Walking in Winston Again; Support from ProSource Fitness

Hunger Fact of the Day:

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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 Sunday was Day 3. It’s appropriate that they are sponsoring my first walk back home since they sponsored my first day in Utah. 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 48: Sunday was the first day back in Winston-Salem after 8 days on the road in Utah and California. Was nice to walk around my normal stomping grounds although I would prefer to have San Diego’s sunny, dry and mid-70s weather. Didn’t miss the 90 degrees + 800% humidity:)

Miles walked/run: 5.06 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 115.84

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Hunger Fact About Food Waste; Walks Move from Zion National Park to San Diego for Apartmentalize; Support from Blue Ridge Companies

Hunger Fact of the Day:

40% of food produced in the United States goes to waste. Source


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.

They donated enough for a week’s worth of sponsorship and requested the week that I would be in San Diego for the National Apartment Association’s #Apartmentalize Conference. The week began last Sunday (June 10) in Zion National Park in Utah, then on Monday, I flew to San Diego and spent the rest of the week in San Diego before heading home late Saturday (June 16).

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


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Activity Days 41 – 47: An incredible week that began with a day of hiking in the unbelievably spectacular Zion National Park in Utah on Sunday. Then I flew to San Diego to spend the week attending the Apartmentalize Conference, and as you likely know “conferencing” includes lots of walking!

Miles walked/run: 36.12 miles. Here’s a collage of screenshots from my FitBit for the week:

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Miles remaining in the challenge: 120.90

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People Seeking Food Assistance are Diverse – and Thanks, Rotary District 7690!

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

People seeking assistance from Second Harvest’s network are diverse. 52 percent are white, 31 percent are black, 11 percent are Hispanic and 6 percent identify as other racial backgrounds. – Source


Today’s sponsor:
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Rotary District 7690. Rotary is a huge organization, with 1.2 million members in thousands of clubs around the world. Rotary District 7690 is located in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina and is comprised of 49 clubs, all of which are active in supporting their communities. One significant effort across the District is the RUSH (Rotarians United to Stop Hunger) program which encourages clubs to raise money and collect food to help feed the hungry. Started just two years ago this program has already raised enough to provide tens of thousands of meals for our communities.


Activity Day 37: Back on the tennis court, and was amazed how good it felt despite the continuing blister problem. To paraphrase Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, “There’s no crying in tennis! (unless you’re John McEnroe).

Miles walked/run: 6.00 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 173.47.

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Here are some pictures of Crescent Rotary in action at the Community Cupboard a week after a tornado struck that part of Greensboro.

 

 

Number of Kids Who Qualify for Free/Reduced Meal Program in Schools and Thanks, Crescent Rotary!

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

More than 180,000 children in public schools qualify to participate in the free/reduced school meal program.


Today’s sponsor:
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Crescent Rotary Club. I’m a member of Crescent Rotary Club in Greensboro which does a tremendous amount of work to support the local community. Each year the club’s foundation allocates thousands of dollars to local organizations, including food programs, and our club members volunteer for numerous projects throughout the year. Those projects include serving meals at Potter’s House and supporting the Community Cupboard at East Market Street Seventh Day Adventist Church in Greensboro (pics of that are at the bottom of this post).


Activity Day 36: It ends up that Day 35 took a toll because I didn’t realize I had a hole in one of my socks and that led to me developing a very nice, large blister on the pad of my right foot. So this day was mostly about nursing the foot and the walking I did get in was preparing for our trip out west that begins this coming Friday.

Miles walked/run: 2.13 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 179.47.

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Here are some pictures of Crescent Rotary in action at the Community Cupboard a week after a tornado struck that part of Greensboro.

Halfway Home – Thanks ProSource Fitness! – and How Many Partners Second Harvest Serves

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC serves as a critical source of food and grocery products for 232 Pantries, 40 Soup Kitchens, and 18 shelters. (Source)


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 was the first day. 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 35: I figured that if a fitness equipment company was going to sponsor me then I better do some serious miles, and we had great weather (finally no humidity!) so it was the perfect day to catch up on some miles. I walked the Bicentennial Greenway from north High Point to Jamestown and back. It was a great walk and I’m glad to be getting some serious mileage in again.

Miles walked/run: 8.84 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 181.6. I passed the halfway point to my goal with these miles, and I was only one day late! I should be back on pace by Thursday at the latest.

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What Percentage of Adults Served by Second Harvest Have Less Than a High School Education?

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

32% of households seeking food assistance from Second Harvest Food Bank’s partner programs have less than a high school education.


Today’s sponsor:
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Rotarians United to Stop Hunger. I’m a member of Crescent Rotary Club in Greensboro and we are active participants in the Rotarians United to Stop Hunger (RUSH) program in Rotary District 7690 (49 clubs in the central NC Piedmont area), which YTD has collected enough food and money to provide 300,000 meals to the hungry in our community.


Activity Day 34: Today was yard work. Lots and lots of yard work. Lots of sweat, lots of bending and contorting myself into very uncomfortable positions in pursuit of pesky weeds. Thus I got a helluva workout without that many steps, but at least the yard looks good.

Miles walked/run: 3.91 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 190.4. If I was on pace this would be the day I reach the half-way point for my goal, but I’m behind so it will be at least another day or two before I reach that milestone.

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