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Race Against Hunger FAQ

Credit: Abby Plump
Credit: Abby Plump

Why "Race" Against Hunger?

The Race Against Hunger is not a competitive event. Rather, the primary aim of the Race is for students to engage in a fun activity that teaches them about global hunger while raising vital funds for Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programs around the world. The Race can be tailored to fit the needs of each school. If the school cannot do a fun-run we suggest either having a bake-sale, penny drive or some other fundraising activity. Each school can come up with its own innovative activity!

How far do we run?

Each school will set the distance of the laps students will run or walk. Some schools have tracks with a set distance for each lap, while other schools will measure laps by a certain distance in their playing fields or local parks. Students can complete as many laps as they wish in the time frame set for the event.

When is the Race Against Hunger?

The Race Against Hunger can take place during either the fall or spring semesters. Typically, schools schedule the Race for the second half of the school year so the educational and awareness-raising components occur from January-April and the fun-run takes place in late spring. However, some schools prefer to do the fun-run event during the first half of the school year while scheduling the educational and awareness-raising component during the spring. It all depends on your preference!

Where will the Race fun-run be held?

Some schools have their own tracks or playing fields that are conducive to holding the fun-run. If your school does not have access to a track or field, the run can be held at a local park. Neighboring schools can collaborate and hold a multi-school fun-run at a community park. If the school is not doing an actual fun-run or walk we suggest using the school grounds for activities such as bake sales and penny drives.

How do we find sponsors for the Race, and how much should we raise?

Students will ask friends and family to sponsor their Race either by pledging a specific amount per lap (i.e. $1 per lap) or by giving a flat donation. A small pledge goes a long way, and every contribution makes a difference. There is no set fundraising amount but schools will be given a suggested fundraising goal when they begin the Race. Sponsorship forms will be available both in the Race Passports and in the Hunger Guide for Teachers.

Each Race Coordinator will also be given a Sponsor and Media Kit that offers some tips for reaching out to local businesses for potential sponsorships. The goal is for students and schools to spread awareness about global hunger in their communities and among family and friends.

The funds raised by students in the Race Against Hunger directly help Action Against Hunger save the lives of malnourished people around the world.

How does the money raised by students help?

A small amount of money can really make a big difference in the lives of those suffering from hunger and malnutrition. For example:

  • $5 – supplies a lemon, banana, mango, or orange tree to a farming family, helping them incorporate fresh fruit into their diets, prevent soil erosion and desertification, and provide shade.
  • $25 – allows a farmer to buy enough maize, groundnut, or millet seeds for one agricultural season and provides training on how to maintain crops for a healthy harvest.
  • $35 – supports 30 days of therapeutic treatment for a severely malnourished child in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • $50 – helps a displaced family with basic emergency materials such as blankets, cooking pots, soaps, etc.

What happens once our school has decided to take part in the Race Against Hunger?

Once your school enrolls in the Race Against Hunger, Action Against Hunger will work with the designated Race coordinator at your school to help tailor the Race Against Hunger campaign to your school’s needs.

Still have questions? Contact our Race coordinator for more answers.