Written by Chris Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting its third Annual Poverty Awareness Marathon with a goal of collecting 462 nonperishable items that will be donated to the Covenant Soup Kitchen. The marathon takes place from 7 a.m. to noon on Sept. 23. Donations should be dropped off at the Sports Center or the Center for Community Engagement, located on the second floor of the Woods Support Services Center by Sept. 3.
Health and Physical Education Professor Charlie Chatterton, Eastern's men's lacrosse team, Eastern's women's soccer team, and numerous other Eastern organizations are participating in the marathon. Donors and supporters will have the opportunity to run, walk or cheer on the participants during the marathon. An information program will be held at noon.
According to a new national census, more than 46 million Americans are living in poverty, the highest number in 52 years. Charitable events like the marathon help spread awareness of those directly and indirectly affected by poverty.
For more information, call the Center for Community Engagement at (860) 465-0684.