About 40 runners took part in Humanaâ€™s Ruck March. The participants ran a 5K carrying backpacks filled with food.
â€œItâ€™s about 30, 35 lbs.,â€ explained one runner, when asked how heavy his backpack was.
Humana teamed up with Food Bank of the Rockies to host a â€œMarch Out Hungerâ€ food and fund drive benefiting military veterans.
â€œOne in five families who have a veteran, either actively serving or have served in the military, utilize a food bank,â€ explained Jeri Cunningham, the Director of Client Management with Humana. â€œAnd we really care about our veterans.â€
Erich Hardy, participated in the Ruck March. He served in the army for nine years. When he heard about how many veterans face food insecurity, he wanted to help out.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t feel like the respect and honor for people who did so much for our country,â€ Hardy told CBS4. â€œIâ€™m glad were giving back and bringing light to that.â€
Once the racers crossed the finish line, they dumped all the food items from their packs into three large bins. Those bins will be donated to a local food bank for people in need.
The community food drive will take from Oct. 19 â€“ Nov. 11. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the following locations:
â€“ Humana, 6300 S. Syracuse Way, Centennial, CO 8011
â€“ Iora Primary Care, five locations: ioraprimarycare.com/practice-locator/
â€“ Morning Story, 560 S. Holly Street, Denver, CO 80246