By Alicia Dziak

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything you have, and also a time to give back to those who might not have as much. In Springville, a great way to give back on Thanksgiving morning is Gobble for Groceries, a 5K and fun walk to benefit the Trading Post.

Located at 38 Franklin Street in Springville, the Trading Post provides meals or food items to over 40,000 people a year. Gobble for Groceries helps the cause by asking for monetary donations to support the food pantry instead of a traditional race entry fee. “With every dollar we get, we can buy $7 of food,” explained Christine Greene, who chairs the event with Rick Manzone and Joe Wolniewicz.

If people cannot provide a monetary donation, they can also “pay” with a bag of groceries, which should be staples like peanut butter, spaghetti sauce and cereal.

The fun, informal race is not chip-timed. The route has been tweaked slightly from last year’s, but still begins and ends at the Trading Post, right in the heart of town. The course splits for the 5K and the 2-mile fun walk.

Awards will be given for male and female, over and under 40, as well as some non-traditional awards for oldest competitor and who came from the furthest away.

Manzone will DJ the event. Other highlights include a post-race party that includes coffee from Tim Horton’s,  a variety of snacks, an auction for a one-year gym membership and, of course, a turkey mingling with the crowd for all your race photo opps.

Registration for Gobble for Groceries begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, with the race starting at 9. For more info, visit the event Facebook page at

“What a wonderful way to start out Thanksgiving!” said Greene. “This run/walk is the true meaning of giving back to our community in the form of donations and/or groceries.  It’s also builds a tremendous sense of how very blessed we are to live in WNY and have our families and friends here and a part of our lives.”