AROUND TOWN: Hike for Hunger this weekend

This weekend, local residents can join Hunger Free Vermont’s 16th annual Hike for Hunger to stand in solidarity with the 90,000 food-insecure Vermonters who struggle to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Vermont is currently ranked the 11th hungriest state in the nation.

The Northern Vermont Hike for Hunger is set for Saturday, Sept. 22 at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston. Check-in will start at 10 a.m. and the hike will begin at 11 a.m. The event is intended to heighten awareness about the issue of hunger in our communities and raise support for Hunger Free Vermont’s programs that feed children, families and neighbors, and teach communities to cook. Hunger Free Vermont’s programs, such as its School Meals Outreach Program and Early Childhood Nutrition Outreach Program, help create sustainable food solutions to ensure that all Vermonters have access to nutritious food.

The event will consist of a 3 mile or 1.5 mile hike option, followed by a community celebration with food from the event’s sponsor and prizes for top fundraisers. Participants will receive t-shirts and giveaway bags. Additionally, Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga will provide a warm-up yoga session at 10:30 a.m. before the hike begins.

Nearly 50 hikers have signed up, but Hunger Free Vermont hopes to have upwards of 100 participants. To register, visit Registration is $25, which you can pay on the day of the event, or fundraise toward.