LUMBERTON — After collecting almost a half ton of food last week in Pembroke, the Robeson County Church and Community Center hopes to land a second blow against hunger in Robeson County on Saturday.
The center will hold its second leg of Walk for Hunger 5K at Luther Britt Park in Lumberton from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The event will start at the park’s Crystal Drive entrance and follow the walking trail there.
Participants register by donating at least one bag of non-perishable foods, such as rice, pasta and canned fruits and vegetables. Donations will be divided among the community center and the food pantries at My Refuge in Lumberton and the Lumberton Christian Care Center.
The event follows the first Walk for Hunger held last week in Pembroke, during which about 25 participants donated 800 pounds of food for the needy. The food was divided among the community center, Sacred Pathways in Pembroke and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Office of Community and Civic Engagement.
Darlene Jacobs, the community center’s executive director, said the center has given 85,000 pounds of food to the needy so far this year, a 33 percent increase over last year. The rise in the need is blamed on the local economy and the county’s high unemployment rate.
For information about the walk, call the community center at 910-738-5204 or visit www.robesoncccc.org.