Turkey Trot provides 6,600 meals

Turkey Trot provides 6,600 meals

November 29, 2016 in Food drive Harvest Time Newsletter

This year more than 8,300 runners and walkers took part in what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Springfield.

The 22nd annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk drew the second-largest crowd in the history of the event, and collected 7,693 pounds of food and $40.

These donations will provide 6,611 meals to people in the Ozarks.

The annual event is Springfield’s largest timed 5K race and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, with proceeds benefitting Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund. The event also serves as one of the largest one-day food drives for Ozarks Food Harvest.

Since 2001, the Thanksgiving Day race has collected nearly 85,500 pounds of food for The Food Bank.