GALLIPOLIS — March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Ohio, and the Gallipolis Developmental Center is doing several small projects to help the residents celebrate such.
One event will highlight not only Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, but will also help others in Gallia County.
The Gallipolis Developmental Center is participating in a statewide program called Operation Feed. This program will help support food pantries in the area.
Thousands of people in central and eastern Ohio are facing hunger. They are children, elderly people and families; they are neighbors, coworkers and friends. More and more people that never thought this could happen to them are struggling just to get by. When bills loom and impossible decisions must be made, food dollars are often the first to be cut. Meals are skipped and parents go without to make sure a child is fed.
During summer months, children lose access to school-sponsored breakfast and lunch programs, adding to already-stretched household budgets. Senior citizens on fixed incomes are often at-risk. Low-income individuals face numerous challenges finding food that is healthy, nutritious and affordable. Operation Feed raises food and funds to help ensure that no one in the community has to face hunger.
The kickoff event for Operation Feed is the fifth annual 5K walk/run through the historic grounds of the Gallipolis Developmental Center which will be April 2.
Awards for top overall male and female, as well as top three in each age group, will be given. There will be no duplication of awards.
To enter the race, or obtain more information about the event, contact Mary Holley at (740) 339-5701 or at Gallipolis Developmental Center, 2500 Ohio Ave., Gallipolis. The entry fees are $25 for adult and 12 and under are $20. Only pre-registration guarantees a t-shirt and the deadline to pre-register is March 25. Make checks payable to the Gallipolis Developmental Center, in care of Mary Holley.
Monetary and/or food donations will also be accepted to combat hunger in the Gallia County area in honor of Ohio Operation Feed campaign. Donations and proceeds from race will go to local food pantries.
For every $1 raised, three meals are donated to the local food pantries.