Pine Banks Park Sunday October 3, 2015 was the scene of the 23rd Bread of Life (BOL) 5K run and walk to raise money to help BOL fulfill their mission to feed the hungry, homeless and isolated people in the local communities. There were approximately 35 runners and more than 140 walkers including a few dogs.
The men’s winner was James De Luca of Malden crossing the line at a time of 18 minutes 20 seconds and the women’s winner was Liz Emerald of Melrose crossing at 23 minutes 42 seconds. Neighborhood View was informed that both Liz Emerald and Mayor Gary Christenson had participated in an earlier 5K run the same day. This may account for Mayor Christenson’s comment as he crossed the finish line, “There has to be an easier way to raise money.”
Free BoL T-shirts were handed out to each registered participant along with plenty of water. Also provided were sufficient quantities of healthy snacks, fresh fruit, juice and lots and lots of pizza.
BOL provided over 1,030,000 meals last year and currently have food pantries in Malden and Everett. They serve meals five nights per week and deliver food to homeless families sheltered in local motels. This 5K Walk and Run is BoL’s largest fundraiser event annually, helping provide much-needed groceries and prepared meals for needy families and individuals in Malden, Melrose, Everett, Medford, Wakefield, Stoneham, Winchester, Saugus, Reading and North Reading.
Bread of Life expressed a heartfelt “thank you” to all those who came out to show their support for the organization and to make a contribution toward feeding those in need.