West Salem senior to run 100 miles for hunger awareness

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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WEST SALEM, WI, June 9, 2014 – Kyle Lang, a senior at West Salem High School, will be running 101 miles of local bike trail from Marshland to Reedsburg on June 23 and 24.

Each year, seniors attending West Salem High School are required to Kyle Langcomplete a Senior Exit Project in order to graduate. Lang wanted to do something that incorporated both service to the community and an activity that he enjoyed, so he partnered with two local organizations, WAFER and The Hunger Task Force, both organizations work to combat hunger in the community.

WAFER is La Crosse’s largest food pantry, and it serves over 1,600 families per month. The Hunger Task Force is a food bank, not a food pantry. It harvests, collects, and distributes close to 1,000,000 pounds of food each year to organizations such as food pantries, meal sites and youth programs.

Running is something that has had a huge impact on Lang’s life for many years, and he feels that it is time to let it impact the community as well. Lang’s mother said the issue of hunger goes beyond just not having something to eat.

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than having nothing to eat.” said Teresa Lang.

Langs’s goal is to raise at least $100 per mile that he runs. Every dollar that is donated goes directly to a local food organization. To donate, email Kyle at lang.kyle@student.wsalem.k12.wi.us or drop off your donation at a local bike trail headquarters in West Salem, La Crosse, or Onalaska.

 

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