(L to R) Jason Martinez, co-anchor for WPLG-TV ABC Local 10 Morning News and Local 10 News at noon; Yohan Blake, Jamaican Olympic Gold medalist; and Angel Aloma, Food For The Poor's Executive Director.
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2013) – More than 500 walkers and runners participated in Food For The Poor’s 5K Walk/Run For Hunger at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 2, alongside Olympic medalist Yohan Blake. Participants raised funds to provide more than a million meals; enough to feed more than 3,400 children for an entire year in the Caribbean and Latin America.
“I know what it is to be hungry and so I respect what Food For The Poor is doing,” said Blake, one of the world’s fastest sprinters.
The Honorable Franz Hall, Jamaica’s new Consul General to Miami, Jason Martinez, co-anchor for WPLG-TV ABC Local 10 Morning News and Local 10 News at Noon, and Jamaican Diaspora members were among those who helped make the event a success.
To make a donation or to watch video highlights from the event, please visit the charity’s website.
The 5K Walk/Run event sponsors included Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Charter Schools USA, Consul General of Jamaica, Dennis Charley & Associates, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KPA Promotions, Orange Theory Fitness, Panda Express, Polyglass, Runners Depot, Sun-Sentinel, Tri-Rail, Vector Security, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, WATA, and Wells Fargo.
Bottles of WATA, Yohan Blake’s official sponsor, were distributed at the walk/run. Refreshments were provided by Corner Bakery, Dandee Donuts and Winn-Dixie.
Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.