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2014 Miles for Meals 5K

Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI) will host its 4th Annual Miles for Meals 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Daffin Park. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit our local Meals on Wheels program which provides a hot, nutritious meal to seniors throughout Coastal Georgia.

Run, walk, or race with our "celebrity" veggies for a morning filled with fun, laughter, and excitement for the entire family. Participants are encouraged to wear vegetable, fruit, or other food-related costumes and! You'll leave knowing you have made a difference in the lives of seniors in your community.

The 5k Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Daffin Park and pass through Police Memorial Trail before ending in front of Grayson Stadium. The first 300 finishers will receive a free Adidas/Fleet Feet Sports visor. Food, drinks, and awards will be distributed after the race. Sponsors for the event include: Georgia Power, The Savannah Bank, Minis & Co., Kole Management Company, Seacrest Partners, International Paper, Nightingale Services, Atlantic Container Services/LanPort, Inc., WSAV, Wells Fargo, Critz, Inc., Fleet Feet Sports, Adidas, Play Hard Event Timing, and Fred Langley Photography.

Last year, SCI received $126,000 in funding cuts because of sequestration and this year will be getting around $300,000 less in federal and state grant money in the upcoming budget. These cuts prevent Meals on Wheels from helping more seniors in need.

Through its Meals on Wheels program, SCI delivers more than 1,800 hot meals each day to seniors throughout coastal Georgia, while at the same time offering them a friendly midday visit.

In many cases, these seniors are homebound and this one daily meal is their only source of sustenance. It takes just $6 a day to provide a hot, nutritious meal to a homebound senior, yet more than 600 seniors, at or below the Federal poverty line, await nutrition support in Chatham. County alone! And Georgia ranks number six on Meals On Wheels Association of America's "Top Ten Hunger States" list, based on a recently released research study, with nearly one in every twelve seniors in Georgia being at risk of hunger.

About SCI

The mission of Senior Citizens, Inc. is to help people age successfully. For more than fifty years, the organization has worked to provide direct services that allow seniors to remain in the homes of their choice for as long as possible. Services are provided throughout coastal Georgia and include home-delivered meals, in-home support, senior companions, neighborhood activity centers, adult daytime care and The Learning Center.

If You Go:

Miles for Meals 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m.

Daffin Park

Register online at Runsignup.com, keyword: Miles for Meals or at Fleet Feet Sports

Info: www.seniorcitizens-inc.org (912) 236-0363

Registration Fees (no refunds available)

$25 through April 27

$30 through May 15

$35 at Packet Pick Up and on Race Day

Packet Pick - Up

Friday May 67, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports Savannah

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