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anksgiving T hanksgiving is a special time of year to sit down with the ones you love, hold hands around the table just before stuffing your face with some of the best food to come out of the kitchen all year. But not everyone is partaking in the deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, yams and turkey smothered in gravy. In fact, some folks take the morning, lace up their shoes and go for a traditional Turkey Trot. Yes, people do run for the holiday, but it is much more than just getting out to feel the brisk air. It is also a way to give back to folks who are less fortunate. For the Visalia Emergency Aid Council (VEAC), it is called the "Race Against Hun- ger." To run the 5K or trot the 2-mile walk, registration is a low $30 for adults and $15 for children. Even better, all of the proceeds go to benefit the Visalia Emergency Aid Food Pantry. At the VEAC, their goal is to diminish hunger by managing a food pantry and providing other services to low-income families and individuals in the community. is anksgiving marks the 13th annual Race Against Hunger. e VEAC's top priority has been to help solve childhood hunger. ey recognize that hungry children have more issues with malnutrition, behavior and problems in school. e proceeds from the Race Against Hunger do not only help the VEAC keep their pantry open for the season, but for all year long. According to their web site, where people can donate and find other ways to contribute resources, they operate the largest food pantry in Tulare County and serve over 1,100 families per month. ey are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the third and fourth Saturdays of every month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Historic sponsors of the event include Sole-2-Soul, Food4Less, Kaweah Delta Health Care District and San Joaquin Valley College. While sponsors have done a lot to advance the VEAC's cause, what has really caused people to start talking are the flood of runners hitting the streets on anksgiving morning. According to the VEAC, they have had 5,000 runners/walkers in Visalia's downtown come out to support the Race Against Hunger. Prospective racers can easily register online at or by visiting to the VEAC's web site. Tr ot t ing O ut a Tradit ion Text by paul myers 10 M i n e r a l K i n g P u b l i s h i n g , i n c . F s g n e W s . c O M

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