Why We Run…

I would like to share with you a startling statistic. Before the COVID-19 crisis, 1 in 6 children lived with hunger daily. Now, that number is 1 out of every 4. That’s 25 % of children in this country facing food insecurity.

Hello, my name is Ann Marie Coan, and I would like to invite you to run with us to end childhood hunger. This year we are hosting our 4th Annual Virtual 5K/1M run/walk to support our mission to help feed hungry kids. 

We are hoping to recruit 200 “Friends” locally and worldwide to participate in our virtual race.  Our goal is to raise $20,000 through registration and runner sponsorship.  Last year we were able to have runners from 6 states and Australia. This year we are hoping to get runners from all 50 states. 

Virtual Runners can run anytime, anyplace until 12/15/21. Let us know when you’ve completed your run, and we will send your t-shirt and participation medal!

Register Now to run virtually.

Register your team or join a team.


Runners, walkers, and donors-you can also submit pictures showing that you have made a donation to your local food bank/pantry during October, November, or December, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for PRIZES!

To enter, all you have to do is tag yourself in a photo with #Friendsgiving5KR, post it to our FB Page, or email the photo to Friendsgiving5K@yahoo.com showing you donating to your local food bank/pantry. The drawing will be held on December 15th @ 6:00 pm, and winners will be notified by email.


In the United States today, facing hunger can mean different things. Maybe there’s no food in the house and no money to buy any. Maybe there’s food, but not enough to last through the end of the month, so parents skip meals, or kids get smaller portions than they need.

Whatever their situation, kids who don’t have reliable access to three healthy meals a day are much more likely to face unhealthy, unsuccessful, uncertain futures.

Thats just not acceptable. We can solve this problem and solving it would provide the greatestreturn on investment.

When you become part of No Kid Hungry, you’re joining a movement of teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers, and CEOs with a shared belief: no kid in America should go hungry.

“Today’s kids are tomorrow’s artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, business, military, and political leaders.”