Many gathered for the 10th annual 5K Turkey Trot run at the Sikes Lake Trail at Midwestern State all for a good cause.
The run helps raise money and goods for the school’s food pantry that offers free food for students which is something Special Events Coordinator Cynthia Cummings said is very helpful.
“The Mustangs Pantry is getting lots of great donations so we are very thankful for that and that will help out at Thanksgiving for all of our students who do come to receive the food that they’ve supplied,” Cummings said.
Director of Recreational Sports and Wellness Center Angie Reay said she is thankful to be a part of this good cause.
“I love doing everything like this. Anything we can do to give back to the community. To MSU, being an MSU alum anything I can do to help out that our department and anybody can do, I’m very thankful for,” Reay said.
Each year, Reay said they have a good turnout.
“We usually have about 100 is typically our normal turnout. Everybody gets a long sleeve shirt that shows up and so it’s all for a good cause,” Reay said.
Cummings said some students rely on the pantry to be fully stocked.
“We get an average of around 50 give or take a little bit each week. Some of these kids have come in when we first started saying they hadn’t eaten in two days or they were eating rice and ketchup. So, they really rely on it,” Cummings said.
This year they had $100 donated to go along with many different food items all to make sure no student goes unfed.
At Mustangs Pantry, students can find non-perishable goods such as canned soups, meats, pasta, vegetables and fruits, as well as boxed and refrigerated selections.