Why we invite you to run with us.
Over 80,000 kids in West Michigan receive free and reduced lunch at school 5 days a week. That is equivalent to 1,112 school buses each filled to capacity. What about the weekend? Imagine 1,112 school buses of hungry kids every weekend in West Michigan. (Currently, we are feeding roughly 110 buses full of children every weekend and we want to increase that by 10 more buses by June of 2020!)
Hand2Hand exists because a hungry child hurts. By providing weekend backpacks full of food, we are able to bridge the 68 hour gap. Watch FOLLOW THE BACKPACK video.
Childhood hunger has adverse effects on kids physically, emotionally, academically and socially. Hunger can also hinder a child from reaching his/her 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 in need. Together we can spread hope, love, and food, to over 7,500 kids every weekend!
Any Race. Any Pace.
Choose different race lengths: 5k, 10k, 25k. We invite all paces to join.
1. Register to RunSign up for an Amway River Bank Run event and choose Hand2Hand as your team - 5k, 10k, 25k, or invite some friends to a 25k relay team.
2. Set Up Fundraising
Because Hand2Hand is an Amway River Bank Run charity they have made it possible for runners (walkers) to set up a fundraising page.
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.
"I didn't have to worry for an entire weekend what I was going to feed my kids."
Watch Danielle's story
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.
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