MELBOURNE, FL- The 6th annual Health First Fight Child Hunger 5K Run/Walk at Viera High School on January 15, 2022, helped raise awareness of the efforts to fight child hunger by Health First, The Children’s Hunger Project (TCHP), and the Central Brevard Sharing Center (CBSC). With Health First as Title Sponsor, proceeds from the event benefited both charities. 

More than 500 people ranging from age 9 to 82 registered to run or walk to feed hungry children this year. Over 100 students from 22 Brevard County Schools participated! CBSC Executive Director David Brubaker sang the National Anthem, a free pancake breakfast was provided courtesy of Satellite Beach Lions Club, and a DJ played music on-site. 

The Children’s Hunger Project Edgewood Jr/Sr High Club had the largest team participation with 60 individuals and placed as the fastest team. Viera Charter School cheerleaders and many enthusiastic onlookers encouraged the runners and walkers. Every participant received a commemorative t-shirt and a medal for finishing the race. 

The Children’s Hunger Project and Central Brevard Sharing Center are tax-exempt charitable organizations (501(c)(3). Both play leading roles in trying to help the more than 10,000 children in Brevard who live below the poverty line and don’t know when they’re having their next meal. 

“So many of our kids are on free and reduced lunch programs at the schools, and that is their primary food source. The Children’s Hunger Project was established because kids were coming to school on Monday, hungry, tired, and not ready to learn,” said Cheryl Cominsky, TCHP Executive Director. Of the 5K, she explained, “It was a way to continue to spread awareness in the community. When people learn that there are so many children who require assistance on weekends, they are astonished.” 

Every Friday since 2010, The Children’s Hunger Project has been consistently delivering weekend food packages to help as many elementary school children as possible to carry kid-friendly food home in their backpacks. Currently serving over 2,900 students each weekend in 47 elementary schools, the need is growing. The Central Brevard Sharing Center has provided emergency assistance to those in our community who are struggling to obtain life’s most basic needs since 1978.


For media inquiries, call Cheryl Cominsky, Executive Director of The Children’s Hunger Project, at (321) 610-1900.

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Kara Schoettle