September is Hunger Action Month. During September, members of the community can take a stand against hunger by sharing, volunteering, pledging, fundraising, or donating to help end hunger in America. Although hunger is a nationwide problem, the Piedmont Triad struggles with food insecurity throughout the community. In recent years, Greensboro-High Point ranked number 14 on The Food Research and Action Center’s national list for food hardship. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the problem.
On September 18, 2021, the PTI Run on the Runway 5k/10k was hosted on the airport’s 9,000-foot runway. This certified run benefitted The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, along with other charitable groups. Members of Woodruff Family Law Group, along with family and friends, came together to form a team for the event to fight against hunger. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, it was refreshing to come together as a community to restore camaraderie and fight for a good cause. The 2020 PTI Run on the Runway was postponed due to the pandemic, so for 2021 guidelines were put in place, and a great time was had by all!
Because North Carolina has extremely high rates of families and individuals experiencing hunger, it is important to pitch in and help organizations such as the Second Harvest Food Bank. Food insecurity in North Carolina is not experienced equally. Households with children generally have more difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table. It is our job to take a stand against hunger, and events such as PTI Run on the Runway help bring us one step closer to reducing the hunger problem in North Carolina.