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Rich Lancia
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East Windsor, NJ 08520
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FNA ANNOUNCES ELIJAH’S PROMISE AS BENEFICIARY OF
11TH ANNUAL 5K RACE AND FUN WALK
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017
THOMPSON PARK – MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ

 

PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT ELIJAH’S PROMISE COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN & SUPPORT PROGRAMS

 

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (March 17, 2017) – Friends and Neighbors in Action (FNA), announced today the eleventh annual 5K Race and Fun Walk will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Thompson Park in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

Proceeds from this year’s FNA 5K will benefit Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick- based organization that harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger, and change lives for the most vulnerable members of the Central New Jersey community. The organization operates a community soup kitchen, and offers educational programs to train previously unskilled workers for careers in the food service industry.

“The scope of programs and services that Elijah’s Promise provides is impressive and the organization extends far beyond the traditional soup kitchen. We are very excited to partner with them because they are perfectly aligned with FNA’s mission which is to support those in need in the Central New Jersey community, both at the organizational and individual level,” said Jeff Hennessy, president, FNA.

Elijah’s Promise serves approximately one hundred thousand meals a year and in its 27 year existence has not missed a single day. The organization also serves as a gateway provider of health and social services and has observed a sharp rising trend in demand. “Times continue to be challenging for so many here in Central New Jersey. This past winter Elijah’s Promise served over 9,000 meals per month at our Community Soup Kitchen and over 104,000 in 2016. The demand for meals and social services continues to rise each year but thanks to the generous support of partners like the FNA, we will meet these challenges so our neighbors in need do not go hungry and can move forward to a better life,” said James Zullo, executive director, Elijah’s Promise.  

The 2017 FNA race marks the eleventh anniversary of the event – since 2006, more than $440,000 has been raised for families supporting a loved one fighting a debilitating illness or for related organizations that provide critical programs and services.

Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on October 1 in Thompson Park located on Forsgate Drive in Monroe Township, NJ 08831. The run begins at 9:00 a.m. with a scenic course that will weave runners through the park. The fun walk will begin shortly after the start of the 5K and consists of a 1-mile loop near the lakefront area. An awards ceremony for top finishers in the 5K will take place immediately following the conclusion of the race.

Online registration is available at www.supportfna.com, along with additional race information. The 5K course is USA Track and Field certified and sanctioned Grand Prix event; USATF Certification #NJ07508JHP.

Individuals or corporations interested in sponsoring the event can learn more by visiting www.supportfna.com, or by contacting Rich Lancia at 610-560-0500 ext. 4230.

About Friends and Neighbors in Action (FNA)
Friends and Neighbors in Action (FNA) is a non-profit organization that assists those who suffer from serious chronic and debilitating diseases. FNA funds research, education, and community support programs to help find cures and improve patient care and quality of life. To learn more visit www.supportfna.com.

About Elijah’s Promise

Established in 1989, Elijah’s Promise has used food as a tool to alleviate hunger, empower lives and invite justice for the most vulnerable members of the Central New Jersey community. They operate a community soup kitchen, culinary arts school, catering business, and connect low-income individuals and families with social and health services. With the support of volunteers, donors and community partners, they serve more than 100,000 meals per year and train previously unskilled workers for careers in the food service industry. To learn more visit www.elijahspromise.org.