Central Texas College Enactus students have united to help defeat the cycle of hunger and are inviting the community to join them during their second annual 5k to “can” hunger.

The Campbell’s Let’s CAN Hunger Project Partnership, sponsored by Campbell Soup Co., mobilizes Enactus U.S. teams to measure and demonstrate a comprehensive approach to addressing hunger, including organizing and executing food drives for urgent hunger relief, and empowering those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger for lasting hunger relief.

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Harker Heights Food Bank Care Center. During the group’s inaugural event last year, the student-based group collected 180,000 pounds of food, 30,000 more than their original goal. This year, the group’s goal is to collect 200,000 pounds of food by the end of the month.

The “Let’s Can Hunger 5k” kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights. Same-day registration begins at 9 a.m. Day of the race registration is $20 and is cash only.

A trainer from Heritage Park Fitness will lead a group warm-up before the race kicks-off and DJ Time will get the crowd pumped up. First-, second- and third-place winners will get a one-month-free Gold’s Gym membership and a 2014 Enactus certificate. The first 50 runners will receive a one-week-free Gold’s Gym membership.

Enactus, formerly known as The Students In Free Enterprise, is an international nonprofit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need, according to member and 5k organizer Melissa Wise.

Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe.

The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an increasingly complicated and challenging world, Wise said.

Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. At Central Texas College, Enactus is the largest and most active student organization with seven community-outreach projects.

To register online, go to www.5kforhunger.com.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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