Pittsburgh annual Turkey Trot goes virtual, but donations keep pouring in

Pittsburgh annual Turkey Trot goes virtual, but donations keep pouring in

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s annual Turkey Trot will go on, but like many holiday celebrations this year, it is going virtual.

Despite that change, donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank are pouring in like never before. A local family explained how the fundraiser has become a tradition for thousands of people.

The Baldonieri family makes up three of about 2,500 people registered in this year’s virtual race. In 2019, more than 7,000 participated.

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With each registration, $25 is donated to the food bank, which provides up to 125 meals.

Even though fewer people are participating this year, they’re donating more money directly to the food bank in addition to their registration. The YMCA also uses that money to feed families in the community.

“So many times, we talk about this holiday as a time to sit down and eat a bunch of food. But this is a time to think about the food and the blessings that others don’t have,” said Kevin Bolding, president and CEO of the YMCA Greater Pittsburgh.

The most recent numbers show the need for food assistance has increased by 42%. Between unemployment and higher utility bills, the food bank told Channel 11 families are being financially stretched more this holiday season than ever before.

That makes events like the Turkey Trot vital.

There is still time to register for the race. Times can be submitted through Nov. 29, and you can find more information HERE.