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Hunger Wipeout Obstacle Challenge is Sept. 24

Chattanooga Area Food Bank is hosting its first ever Hunger Wipeout Obstacle Challenge to help end childhood hunger.

Obstacles will be assembled along the food bank property for guests to try Sept. 24 beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are $15 per family or $8 per adult. All proceeds go to the Sack Pack program that provides snacks for local elementary school children in need of food on weekends. Participants should bring a towel.

“We want to build awareness of childhood hunger,” said CAFB special events food drive coordinator Jen Ferking. “We thought the best way would be the obstacle challenge.”

She said the obstacle challenge fundraiser will be family-friendly and fun for all ages. Obstacles will include an inflatable water slide, a tire obstacle, a maze of boxes, a flipper run, fishing for cans in goo, a balloon toss and creative mental challenges.

Hippie Radio 106.9 will broadcast live on location while people take part in face painting, shaving cream art and creating plant seed bombs to take home to put in soil to grow. Corporate sponsor Lupi’s will sell pizza. The River City Corvette Club will sell $2 raffle tickets for the chance to win a custom-made toy Corvette.

Meanwhile, participants will learn why they are there — to help feed local children in need.

“Students get five meals a week at school,” said Ferking. “But they are at risk of not eating on the weekends. We give out sack packs and administrators put them in their backpacks while they are at lunch.”

She said working families pay high rent and utility bills and by the end of the month their money has been spent and food is scarce.

“Administrators can tell a difference in schoolwork when sack packs are provided,” said Ferking. “We gave out 144,000 sack packs during the last school year. We are currently in 32 schools, but there are many other schools that could use the program.

“As funding grows, we will expand into other schools.”

She said the Hunger Wipeout Obstacle Challenge is also a great opportunity to showcase the food bank’s 40,000-square-foot facility. She said the food bank feeds 20,000 people every week.

“We are in 20 counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia,” said Ferking. “In 2010, Chattanooga Area Food Bank distributed more than 10 million pounds of food.”

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