Grind Out Hunger Day Event on Sunday September 15th

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GRIND OUT HUNGER DAY EVENT ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH TO KICK OFF 2013 HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE, SHOWCASE HEALTHY EATING ACTIVE LIFESTYLE PROGRAMS + BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM POPULAR LOCAL BAND, THE EXPENDABLES.

SANTA CRUZ, CA: On Sunday, September 15th, Grind Out Hunger will be holding a special event to celebrate “Grind Out Hunger Day,” as proclaimed by former Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane in 2012. The event will take place at Grind Out Hunger Headquarters from Noon until 6:00 pm and will serve as the official kickoff for the 2013 Holiday Food Drive season. Grind Out Hunger HQ will also be open for skateboarding, feature their latest Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle programs, food from local Hunger Fighting businesses, and a special announcement from The Expendables at 1:00 pm. The cost to attend the event is a donation of 5 cans of food. All food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Grind Out Hunger Members with helmets can skate. A notary will be on site for new members to sign up and skate the same day.

Dubbed, “Not Your Mom’s Food Drive,” the 2013 Grind Out Hunger Holiday Food Drive will challenge Santa Cruz County youth to step up and raise food and funds to help keep their friends from going hungry. “Kids are so altruistic. They are still so innocent. They are still so community minded,” says Danny Keith, Executive Director of Grind Out Hunger. “If you go to them and you tell them that one in four kids is going hungry, we see them step up in a fashion that adults sometimes have a hard time doing.” Since 2004, Grind Out Hunger has worked directly with the youth in Santa Cruz County raise over 2 million meals for families in need.

Each year, Keith visits schools throughout Santa Cruz County to talk to elementary through high school students about the childhood hunger epidemic that we have in our area and to motivate them to get involved and be a part of the solution. The 2013 Holiday Food Drive season runs from September 15th through December 15th.  Grind Out Hunger recognizes all food drive participants in an annual awards dinner. To sign up for a food drive or invite Danny Keith to speak to your school, visit: http://grindouthunger.org/2013schoolfooddrive/

IF YOU GO:

Grind Out Hunger Day
Where: Grind Out Hunger Headquarters: 912 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

When: September 15th, 2013 Noon – 6:00pm

Cost: A donation of 5 cans of food gets you in the door plus enters kids to win a ticket to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on September 25th. All food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

What: Indoor Skate Park, Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle Program Showcase, Special Announcement from The Expendables at 1:00 pm (http://www.theexpendables.net/ ). LifeAID, Black China Bakery, California Giant Berry Farms, and more will be bringing food and drinks.

ABOUT GRIND OUT HUNGER:

GRIND OUT HUNGER is a Santa Cruz based non-profit which exists to empower the youth by utilizing their passion for action sports and music to take leadership in the fight against childhood hunger and malnutrition. Since 2004, Grind Out Hunger has worked directly with the youth throughout Santa Cruz County to raise food and funds totaling over 2 million meals for local families in need. Grind Out Hunger Headquarters is located on 41st Avenue in the Pleasure Point area of Santa Cruz. Their location includes a 3,000 square foot indoor skate park which hosts an ongoing skate membership program, after school programs focused on healthy eating and an active lifestyle, and special events. www.grindouthunger.org

 


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