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Northern Illinois Food Bank plans Foodie 5K events

The Foodie 5K, presented by Meijer, returns to three locations in 2016 – Wheaton, Libertyville and Joliet – to benefit the Geneva-based Northern Illinois Food Bank.
The Foodie 5K, presented by Meijer, returns to three locations in 2016 – Wheaton, Libertyville and Joliet – to benefit the Geneva-based Northern Illinois Food Bank.

WHEATON – The Foodie 5K, presented by Meijer, returns to three locations in 2016 – Wheaton, Libertyville and Joliet – to benefit the Geneva-based Northern Illinois Food Bank.

It features a post-race festival with entertainment, gourmet food trucks and activities for kids. Registration for all three races is open at www.SolveHungerToday.org/Foodie5K.

The first event takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Events also take place May 14 at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville and June 11 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

Now in its third year, the Foodie 5K attracted more than 2,500 participants and raised more than $200,000 in 2015 to support Northern Illinois Food Bank’s efforts of solving hunger, according to a news release.

“We’re so excited to bring the Foodie 5K back to Wheaton, Libertyville and Joliet after the great support we received from those communities last year,” Tiffany King, manager of special events and promotions at Northern Illinois Food Bank, stated in the release. "These events offer a fun and easy way for everyone to engage with our mission of solving hunger in northern Illinois.”

Proceeds benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, which provides nutritious food to men, women and children through a network of 800 community food pantries and feeding programs throughout a 13-county service area, according to the release. Every $1 donated to the Food Bank provides $8 of food for a hungry neighbor, and 97 percent of the Food Bank’s resources supports programs that provide food to people in need, the release stated.

All registered participants will receive a shirt, a $2 food truck voucher to be used at the post-race festival and more. Participants who register for all three races will receive a special commemorative gift. Registration for each race is $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and younger are free. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available at all three race locations.

Visit www.SolveHungerToday.org/Foodie5K for updates on participating food trucks, entertainment and activities for kids at all three race locations.

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