Hike for Hunger takes on local food insecurity one step at a time

PARK CITY, Utah — To the outside world, Park City is known for its stunning landscapes and endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. What some may not realize as they come and go is the community is just as philanthropic as it is active. The Christian Center of Park City’s Hike for Hunger fundraiser is a two-fold event raising funds for vital food insecurity programs and raising awareness about the extent of these programs and the pressing needs within the community.

The annual Hike for Hunger takes place just before the onset of fall. This year, it will be held at Park City Mountain’s Legacy Lodge on Saturday, September 16, from 2-6 p.m.

At its core, Hike for Hunger supports food insecurity programs that are instrumental in addressing the needs of the community. One such program is Snacks in Backpacks, which provides students who are on free and reduced meal programs at school easy-to-prepare meal items to carry them through the weekend when parents may be working.

The event caters to diverse hiking levels, with three different options for participants based on their preferences and abilities. For those who prefer a more leisurely experience, the event offers a lift ride. Attendees can relax indoors at the Lodge with food, beverages, face painting, and live music by Cry Wolf provided by Mountain Town Music, all included in the ticket price— $49 for individuals and $79 for families

The Christian Center (CCPC) recognizes that financial barriers can prevent some from attending, and it has made it a priority to ensure accessibility. Discount codes for families experiencing financial hardships who want to attend can reach out to Matt (mattm@ccofpc.org).

Fundraising through Hike for Hunger also benefits CCPC’s expanded Mobile Food Pantry program. Last year, there were 17 Mobile Pantry events; this year expects to hold 45-50 events. These mobile pantries target rural communities and apartment complexes.  These events have evolved into block parties and resource fairs, offering medical care, rental assistance, and other essential services to attendees.

Beyond Summit and Wasatch County, CCPC formed a special partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Goshutes. The funds raised through Hike for Hunger also contribute to their monthly food pantry on the reservation and facilitate the participation of tribal members in the event.

Another exciting development is the introduction of the Food Farmacy. Still in its pilot phase, it collaborates with People’s Health Clinic to screen patients for food insecurity. Selected households receive “prescriptions” for fresh produce from CCPC’s food pantry which is provided seasonally by Summit Community Gardens/EATS, ensuring equitable access to healthy, locally-sourced food.

Hike for Hunger is more than just a charity fundraiser; it’s a community gathering that addresses the pressing issue of food insecurity. Join to bringing awareness and support to those who need it most in our community.
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