February 12, 2013

Sara Lynn McCall, Graduate Assistant

V-State Dining and Second Harvest “Feed the Need” Fun Walk to be Held March 2

VALDOSTA – V-State Dining and Second Harvest of South Georgia are partnering with Valdosta State University to host its inaugural “Feed the Need” Fun Walk from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the Valdosta Middle School track. All net proceeds will be given to the Second Harvest of South Georgia.

The goal is to fill 10 trucks, and one truck provides 9,334 meals and costs $2,700 to fill. A donation of $1 provides $8 worth of meals, $5 feeds one child a hot meal each night for a week at Kids Café, and $10 provides a 55 pound bag of food for a family of four.

“We felt obligated to try and help out the place where we call home,” said Allison D. Mitchell, senior marketing manager for V-State Dining. “The ‘Feed the Need’ Fun Walk’s entire purpose is to focus on the unfortunate large hunger issue locally. There are many national initiatives, statewide and regional initiatives towards ending hunger, but we want the attention brought to the areas where we live. With the help of Valdosta State University, we want to be able to raise enough money to donate directly to Second Harvest of South Georgia, our largest charitable organization in South Georgia, who can use the funds to feed even more mouths that are in need.”

Pre-registration minimum donations are $15 per person or $12 per person for a group of five or more. Registration the day of the event is $20 per person. Every registered participant receives one entry into the Second Harvest Duck Derby Race on Saturday, April 13, where the top prize is $5000 cash.

Five groups will compete for a free pizza party including athletics, Greek organizations, student organizations, faculty and staff. The number one team in each group with the largest total donation will receive a pizza party on V-State Dining.

Participants will receive a free T-shirt, and there will be food, music and prizes.

“The purpose of this event is to directly touch our neighbors in need through an organization whose values and mission support the overall care and nourishment of South Georgia,” said Mitchell. “This is a community event so everyone is invited. We hope the community is positively impacted from this effort, and we hope to continue this in years to come.”

Registration and donation drop off locations include Palms Dining, VSU Student Life Office and VSU PE Complex. Online donations can be made at feedingsga.org.

For more information or to pre-register, contact V-State Dining at 229-333-7146, vstatedining@valdosta.edu or dineoncampus.com/valdosta.