Promoting and rewarding excellence of students pursuing careers in the science of food through a robust scholarship program has been at the core of Feeding Tomorrow, the foundation of IFT, since its inception. In fact, the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, the Fun Run + Fitness challenge, raised more than $97,000 and included 422 participants from 21 countries in 2019.
Since we can’t be together this year, Feeding Tomorrow is offering a virtual version of our annual Fun Run + Fitness challenge. Powered by the IFT Student Association, proceeds from the virtual event fund academic scholarships for students pursuing a variety of degrees in the science of food.
Our six-week virtual event features weekly wellness challenges to encourage you to stay active, eat well, and prioritize selfcare. In addition to supporting your wellness routine during this time, we also want you to remain protected whether running outside or shopping in the grocery store. With that, participants can choose to receive a Feeding Tomorrow face covering to wear while out with their registration.
The Fun Run + Fitness virtual event kicked off June 1, with the wellness challenges beginning on Friday, June 5 and going through Friday, July 17. Our first wellness challenge asked participants to eat a salad every day for one week, and our second challenge encouraged everyone to get moving with yoga. Participants get a heads-up on what the next challenge will be every Friday via email, so register today (if you haven’t already) to get in the know. And if you’re participating, be sure to share your activities on your social channels and use the hashtags #getfit2feed and #feedingtomorrow so we can celebrate your success.
In addition to weekly fitness challenges, Feeding Tomorrow is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to assist the local Chicago community with food insecurity during this challenging time. You can choose to make a direct donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to support their mission of distributing 200,000 pounds of food every day to those in need across the Chicagoland area. Or, make a donation to a similar organization in the Feeding America network in your local area.
Founded in 1985, Feeding Tomorrow works to raise both the awareness of and interest in the science of food as a desirable career path. By attracting, retaining, and celebrating the creative and innovative minds of the future food scientists, Feeding Tomorrow helps to ensure the world will have the ability to feed a growing and diverse population.
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