UMaine cardiac run April 17; Gardeners asked to grow food for the hungry

Posted April 06, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.

UMaine women’s fraternity plans cardiac run for April 17

ORONO, Maine — Members of the Delta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi International Women’s Fraternity will hold their ninth annual Move Your Phi’t 5k run-walk in support of women’s cardiac care and research at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 17, on the University of Maine campus.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m.

There is no fee for the event, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Free Subway sandwiches and healthy snacks will be provided after the race. Prizes for the first-place male and female runners will be awarded, in addition to raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Alpha Phi Foundation to benefit women’s cardiac care and research.

Maine gardeners asked to grow extra food for the hungry

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program is asking Maine gardeners to grow 225,000 pounds of extra food this year to feed the hungry.

In 2010, the program provided more than 200,000 pounds of produce to Maine food pantries, which then was distributed to the hungry in Maine communities.

The Maine Harvest for Hunger program, formerly known as Plant-A-Row for the Hungry, coordinates volunteers, helps them connect with local food pantries and provides advice about what to grow and when to harvest.

Many pantries have trouble offering fresh produce to their clients and this is a great way to share a garden’s bounty, said Barbara Murphy, coordinator of the Maine Harvest for Hunger program and an extension educator in Oxford County.

She suggested that gardeners contact their local food pantries before planting to find out what type of produce they need and what they can handle.

For information or to enroll in the Maine Harvest for Hunger program, at 800-287-1482 or visit http://umaine.edu/harvest-for-hunger/.

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