Run or walk with us to help provide HOPE in the form of WEEKEND FOOD for kids!

Hand2Hand is proud to be a charity partner for the 45th Annual Amway River Bank Run on May 14, 2022.


Why run for this cause?

Over 80,000 kids in West Michigan receive free and reduced lunch at school 5 days a week.  But what about the weekend? Hand2Hand exists to eliminate this 68-hour gap where some kids may be at risk of having little to no food. 

See how we provide a weekend backpack full of food for students. Watch the FOLLOW THE BACKPACK video. Every $5.50 raised helps send home a backpack full of nutritious food including breakfast, lunch/dinner, and snack items for kids. 

How hunger is a problem for students.

Childhood hunger impacts kids development physically, emotionally, academically, and socially. Hunger can also hinder a child's ability to reach their full potential and break the cycle of poverty as an adult.

When you decide to run with Hand2Hand, 100% of the funds that you raise will directly impact local students like Dustin (see his story below). Together we can spread hope, love, and food to 8,000 kids every weekend!

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"The backpack of food helped keep our cabinets full." 

Watch Dustin's story

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Any Race. Any Pace.

Choose different race lengths: 5k walk, 5k, 10k, 25k or 25k relay.

1. Register to Run

Sign up for an Amway River Bank Run event and choose Hand2Hand as your team.
Register Here

2. Set Up Fundraising

Because Hand2Hand is an Amway River Bank Run charity partner you can set up a fundraising page to help support our mission. $5.50 = A backpack of weekend food!

Set Up Here

3. Start Training & Inviting

To help you train and invite others we have created resources for you - join our running group, talking points, and ways to invite (see below).

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3 easy things to do once you become a Hand2Hand Runner


Join our running community

We have created a running community, led by an experienced runner that will help us all properly train and build relationships while that happens. Go to our running facebook group page to get connected.

Running Group

What to say when asked

Once you have registered to run with Hand2Hand and you start training and inviting your friends to either run with you and/or financially sponsor you it will be helpful to know what to say in a clear and concise manner.

Ways to raise awareness

Your friends and family want to see you prepare and run with Hand2Hand. So we have created some suggestions that will help you tell YOUR story of running with Hand2Hand to eliminate weekend hunger in West Michigan.

"I'm feeling like I hit a brick wall with trying to make sure students are being fed."

Watch Erica's story

"My kids are so happy to receive their Hand2Hand food they literally hug the bag."

Teachers share their experience