Rich Hanna - October 2017

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Since 1995, Rich Hanna has been an integral part of Run to Feed the Hungry, one of the most popular Thanksgiving Day traditions for Sacramento families. Rich came across the inaugural Run to Feed the Hungry while running with a group of friends, and after reading an article about the event, he decided to participate the next year. Rich’s participation in the run prompted a Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) staff member to invite him to join the event committee. Rich has been involved with Run to Feed the Hungry ever since!

Run to Feed the Hungry, an event owned and operated by SFBFS, raises awareness about hunger in our community while also supporting SFBFS efforts to provide food, clothing, education, technology training and hope to local families in need. The event started in 1994 with just under 800 participants and is now the largest Thanksgiving Day fun run in the country with a record 29,002 participants last year! More importantly, Run to Feed the Hungry reminds us that there are others in our community who are facing difficult times. “Many of us can identify with the families that benefit from SFBFS. One bad break in life and you never know where you'll be,” says Rich. “I feel fortunate and grateful for what I have and it makes me feel good to give back.”

In addition to his service on the Run to Feed the Hungry committee, Rich contributes to SFBFS through Hunger Heroes, SFBFS’ monthly giving program. “Having worked hand-in-hand with so many SFBFS staff members and volunteers over the last two decades for Run to Feed the Hungry, I've spent a lot of time at the organization,” says Rich. “I've seen how passionate they are about the work they do and the positive impact they have on those they serve.  I think anyone who spends some time at SFBFS will want to contribute their time and/or money to such a terrific organization.”

Kelly Siefkin, SFBFS’ VP of Communications & Marketing, says, “Our entire team loves working with Rich. He is a dedicated, kind and enthusiastic person. He loves the mission of SFBFS and that comes through his work for Run to Feed the Hungry. Rich beautifully embodies the spirit of many local donors and we are so thankful to have him as a leader in our community.”

SFBFS’ programs and services would not be possible without the support of community-centered people like Rich. His support is an example of how together we can support families and individuals on their journey to self-sufficiency and financial independence.

Want to make Run to Feed the Hungry your Thanksgiving Day tradition, too? Join us and celebrate the holiday with friends and family to raise awareness about food insecurity in our community. Register today!

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