South Shore Community Action Council’s
4th Annual 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk to End Hunger
November 3, 2018

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South Shore Community Action Council
Hosts 4th Annual 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk to End Hunger

PLYMOUTH – South Shore Community Action Council (SSCAC) hosted its fourth annual 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk to End Hunger on Saturday, November 3rd at Nelson Memorial Park in Plymouth. The Pumpkin Run drew over 300 runners, walkers, and volunteers who signed up to help SSCAC fight hunger and food insecurity on the South Shore. Heavy downpours and gusty winds could not dampen the high enthusiasm as runners and walkers of all ages showed up in festive Halloween costumes and rain gear. The crowd was inspired by Patty Furey and her team of friends and supporters, Unleash the Furey. Patty celebrated the 1-year anniversary of her life-saving double-lung transplant by running SSCAC’s Pumpkin Run as her very first 5K. Her participation made the Pumpkin Run an especially memorable and meaningful event for everyone. Twelve year-old Zack Adams of Plymouth came in 1st place with an impressive time of 20:31. His team, The Pumpkin Heads, also won for the largest team with a grand total of 31 runners and walkers. A long-standing supporter of SSCAC’s Food Resources Program, Rogers & Gray Insurance was the Gold Sponsor for the Pumpkin Run again this year and showed up with a contingent of 18 runners for Team Rogers & Gray.

Scott Smith, Senior Manager of Gatehouse Media, served as emcee for the race and awards presentation once again. Plymouth North High School senior, Taylor Johnson, sang a wonderful, a capella rendition of the national anthem. Representative Matt Muratore and Senator Vinny deMacedo were on hand to kick off the race, while Plymouth County Treasurer Tom O’Brien staffed the water station and kept runners well-hydrated. Claychick pottery studio in Plymouth provided custom-made ceramic medals for top finishers and the top team. SSCAC staff, Board members, and volunteers from Lesley University and Crossroads in Duxbury all contributed energetic manpower throughout the day.

In the true spirit of community action, runners brought food donations to the race to help SSCAC feed our less fortunate friends and neighbors. Stop & Shop District 315 ran its annual food drive in the weeks leading up to the Pumpkin Run. Tricia Johnson, Director of District 315, and managers from the 17 participating Stop & Shop stores delivered an 18-wheeler filled with food donations for SSCAC’s Food Distribution Center in Plymouth. Tricia also served as the captain for Team Stop & Shop and its dedicated crew of 15 Pumpkin Runners.

With these food donations and Pumpkin Run proceeds, SSCAC will help to feed over 7,000 people living on the South Shore each month, including frail seniors who receive food through Meals on Wheels and elementary school children who have enough food to each on the weekends thanks to SSCAC’s Backpack Food for Kids initiative.


About South Shore Community Action Council
Since 1965, South Shore Community Action Council has actively pursued its mission of eliminating poverty on the South Shore through collaboration with hundreds of partners seeking to make a powerful impact in their communities by creating opportunities for advancement and supports for education, training, and work.