On Christmas Eve, 25 years ago, I met someone truly inspiring--Father Francis, the larger-than-life leader of the St. Francis Food Pantries. Devoting his life to serving New Yorkers in need, Father Francis started the St. Francis Food Pantries in a church basement on 30th Street, giving out canned food and staples. Today the Food Pantries feed the hungry, counsel the addicted, and support victims of domestic violence, all with grace, compassion, and humility. For perspective, the Food Pantries give many thousands of cases of food, clothing, diapers and other staples to centers throughout the five boroughs, serving some twelve to fifteen thousand clients every year. All delivered with respect for the dignity of those they serve.
On November 5th I will run the New York City Marathon--my fourth marathon. The first was in 2003, when friends and family helped raise $25,000 for the Cabrini Missionary Sisters, a group of selfless women who are also dear to the hearts of Patrick, Tom, Caroline, and me. This year our goal is to match that effort in support of St. Francis Food Pantries, and I am asking for your help. I am confident that Running for Hunger will inspire my run through the five boroughs and across the finish line in Central Park. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your consideration and support.
Together...for New York's neediest...in the words of The Boss...
Come On, RISE UP!