Eight years ago, Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED and set off on a mission to make a difference in the lives of hungry people in need around the world. Not long after that, she teamed up with Women's Health to launch Run 10 Feed 10 so that our kick-ass readers and their loved ones could help make a difference in the lives of Americans struggling to make ends meet.
We caught up with Lauren to tell us more about how this match made in FEED heaven came to be, what her favorite moments have been, and what she's got planned for your fave 10-K.
WH: How did the partnership between the FEED foundation and Women’s Health for Run 10 Feed 10 come about?
Lauren: When I met with Women's Health to discuss Run 10 FEED 10 over four years ago, my team and I immediately thought it seemed like such a natural fit! We were thrilled. What better way to galvanize support and awareness around the issue of hunger than through the healthy act of running a 10-K? It's a wonderful partnership between the Women's Health's ethos and FEED's mission to help reach those in need. I am so proud that we have been able to provide 4.3 million meals to children and families in America to date!
What have been some of your favorite Run 10 Feed 10 moments from years past?
Every year we do Run 10 FEED 10 in New York City, and there is such a high at the start of the race. When we charge on to the West Side Highway early in the morning with the rest of the runners, the energy and excitement of that moment is palpable! The other great moment is finishing the race: Knowing that I just ran a 10-K and helped feed those in need makes me feel so accomplished.
What are you most excited about this year for Run 10 Feed 10?
This year, I was so thrilled to see how many people signed up to participate in Run 10 FEED 10 in New York City and around the country. It's humbling and truly awesome to see thousands come out to run with us.
What would you like to see happen with Run 10 Feed 10 in the future?
I hope that the Run 10 FEED 10 continues to grow and be a staple race for runners and non-runners alike. This event engages thousands in a healthy activity and helps our fellow Americans receive the food and nutrition they need and deserve.