According to the Emergency Food Network, each year in Pierce County, over 1.3 million visits are made to food banks, meal sites, and shelters. Of those visits, 55 percent of those served are children and seniors. South Sound businesses are helping fight hunger by raising awareness and helping feed those in need.

May is Hunger Awareness Month, and in honor of this, Emergency Food Network is hosting the Hunger Walk & 5K Run, from 6:30-11 a.m. on May 5 at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Event sponsors include South Sound businesses Tucci and Sons, Waste Connections, Click! Network, Coordinated Care, Toyota Lift Northwest, and Zack Rosenbloom & Associates.

Fighting hunger is a family effort at Bekins Northwest. (PRNewsfoto/Bekins Northwest)

Two South Sound businesses also helping to fight hunger are sister moving companies Olympic Moving & Storage (Olympia) and Bekins Northwest (Tacoma). This year the companies will once again partner with national nonprofit Move For Hunger.

“We’re excited and honored to continue our sponsorship of such a noteworthy cause,” said Rob Schmidt, Olympic Moving/Bekins Northwest’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Move for Hunger’s community involvement aligns directly with the company’s core values. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership.”

Olympic Moving and Bekins Northwest partner with Move For Hunger by collecting donated food items from their customers and delivering them to local food banks for free. Adam Lowy, executive director and Founder of Move For Hunger noted that Olympic Moving & Storage and Bekins Northwest have delivered over 13,800 meals to food banks in Washington.