The Rochester Road Race would like to thank the 340 registered runners and walkers who participated in the 2012 Race for helping to ensure that fewer local families go hungry this holiday season. These participants, along with Costello Dismantling and Covanta Semass, enabled more families to put food on their table.
On Thursday, November 15, the Road Race Board presented a check for $6,500 to Father Gabriel Healy, Director and Treasurer of the Food Pantry. The Road Race donation was made possible through runner and walker entry fees and Covanta Semass’ and Costello Dismantling’s race sponsorship. Race day volunteers, including students from the ORR Track program, also contributed time and energy to make the race a success.
In addition to the monetary donation, participants donated 465 pounds of food on the day of the race which was also donated to the Pantry.
The Food Pantry helps provide food for hungry families in Wareham and the Tri-Town area. They report that demand is up significantly this year, due to the poor economy and high unemployment. Preparations are underway for the Thanksgiving holiday and they expect that this year’s demand for meals will surpass 2011.
Operating since 1992, The Family Pantry – Damien’s Place provides food free of charge to those in need including families, the disabled and elderly. A non-denominational non-profit operated by volunteers, the Pantry serves over 500 households each month from their facility at 3065 Cranberry Highway in Wareham. The pantry is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to noon. Volunteers and donations are welcome. The Pantry can be reached at 508-295-3486.
Rochester Road Race, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 2006 with the objectives of providing a fun event for all ages and raising funds to benefit the community.