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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.

Want to donate to support Second Harvest? It’s easy to do right here!

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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.

Want to donate to support Second Harvest? It’s easy to do right here!

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How Many Households Served by Second Harvest Have Had to Choose Between Food and Housing?

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

64% of households seeking food assistance from Second Harvest Food Bank’s partner programs have had to choose between food and housing.


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 33: The majority of the day was spent at the Spirits of Summer festival in downtown Winston-Salem, which wasn’t conducive to a lot of miles, but it was conducive to several fun miles.

Miles walked/run: 4.39 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 194.35. Fell a little further behind, but there’s time to make it up this week.

Want to donate to support Second Harvest? It’s easy to do right here!

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How Many Households Served by Second Harvest Have at Least One Employed Adult?

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

52% of households seeking food assistance from Second Harvest Food Bank’s partner programs have at least one employed adult.


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 32: The day started with a nice long walk (for him) with the dog, and the plan was to do another long walk after work to start making up for some lost miles, but Mother Nature interfered. Let’s just say that after a few miles it became apparent that “something wicked this way comes” and I skedaddled back to my office to seek shelter. Still, I was at least able to not lose more ground so that’s not bad.

Miles walked/run: 6.04 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 198.74. Woohoo! Broke the 200-mile mark.

Want to donate to support Second Harvest? It’s easy to do right here!

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How Many Food Insecure People Don’t Qualify for Federal Food Programs?

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap shows that 23% of people who are food insecure in NWNC are ineligible for Food and Nutrition Services (formerly Food Stamps), while 24% of food insecure children live in households with incomes that make them ineligible for federal child nutrition programs.


Today’s sponsor:
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Pit Stops for Hope. I met Ray Wright from Pit Stops for Hope at a Second Harvest Food Bank dinner a couple of years ago and have been amazed at what he and his organization have done to invest in children through their aid to food banks and teachers.


Activity Day 31: Ended May with a late night walk and man was it humid! It was almost like you could chew the air it was so thick.  We had a bear sighting a few miles from our neighborhood yesterday, so I was a bit apprehensive but I figured I was sweaty (and smelly) enough that I wouldn’t have been appetizing to the critter so I just put it out of my mind.

Miles walked/run: 5.8 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 204.78. Closing in on the <200 mile mark!

Want to donate to support Second Harvest? It’s easy to do right here!

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What Percentage of Children in NW North Carolina are Food-Insecure?

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

22.8% of children living in Northwest North Carolina are food-insecure (one in every four children). Nationwide, one in every six children lives in a food-insecure household.


Today’s sponsor:
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Pit Stops for Hope. I met Ray Wright from Pit Stops for Hope at a Second Harvest Food Bank dinner a couple of years ago and have been amazed at what he and his organization have done to invest in children through their aid to food banks and teachers.


Activity Day 30: Hit the tennis courts for about 75 minutes of pretty good hitting with my buddy Tyler. Felt good to work the kinks out, and with the humidity, I think I lost approximately 250 pounds of water weight.

Miles walked/run: 5.75 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 210.58. I’m still about 6 miles behind the pace I need to make my goal.

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What Percentage of North Carolinians are Food Insecure?

Hunger Fact of the Day: During my long walk two days ago it occurred to me that these posts have to be the most boring things ever written and I seriously doubt anyone is reading them, so I thought I’d add an element called Hunger Fact of the Day in an effort to help explain why stunts like this walk are necessary to raise money to help Second Harvest feed the hungry. Here’s the first one, which I found at Second Harvest’s website:

16.5% of the population in North Carolina is food insecure (more than 1.6 million residents). North Carolina ranks 5th worst among the states for food insecurity.

Activity Day 29: Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day and the first day back in the office after a week away, involved a lot of sitting, typing and talking. I did get to walk the dog, but other than that there wasn’t a whole lot of activity so I’ve fallen back to about 6 miles behind pace. My plan is to end the week five miles ahead of pace so I’m gonna be hoofin’ it the next few days.

Miles walked/run: 2.75 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 216.33. I’m still about 6 miles behind the pace I need to make my goal.

Today’s sponsor: Piedmont Triad Apartment Association Food Drive. I’m very proud to work for an organization that has dedicated itself to helping address fundamental issues like food insecurity in our community.