5k race assists efforts against poverty

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People can pound the pavement for poverty in Provo with the Community Action Services and Food Bank 5K Saturday at 9 a.m.

The race, a 5K loop, starts and ends at the Food Bank located on Freedom Boulevard. Registration costs $20 per person or $13 per person within a group of six. Proceeds will go to all programs within Community Action as participants contribute to the low-income families in Utah, Summit and Wasatch Counties.

More than 75,000 people live in poverty in Utah. The federal government defines poverty as a family of four with an income  of less than $23,050 a year. The programs and assistance efforts within Community Action define poverty as a lack of resources.

Registration fees and other donations will go directly to Community Action programs, including Circles Initiative, which pairs a low-income family with one from the middle-income range to develop financial and social skills. The race will also benefit the Home Buyers and Mortgage Counseling program, an organization which helps people at risk of losing their home regain shelter for their families.

With these and other programs, Community Action Services and Food Bank addresses the symptoms of poverty by providing food for the hungry and then addresses the deep-rooted causes of poverty through its programs in the community.

Runners can register online at communityaction5k.org. The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Community Action Services and Food Bank.

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