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Shopping Carts Hit Jacksonville Streets for Marathon to Fight Hunger

3:06 AM, Jan 29, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla-- There's a new marathon hitting the streets of Jacksonville to fight hunger.

It's not easy for Scot David Wilson who says times are tough for him financially. Sometimes the things he and his family want or need at the grocery store have to be put on hold.

"I'm in my second semester of college and I'm basically living off student aid," he said.

Wilson doesn't want pity, though. Instead, he said he wants to help others and raise money for people who have less than he does.

He is organizing a 26.2 mile walk-a-thon to benefit local food banks and shelters, and he needs pledges and participants. Each entrant will walk two miles pushing an empty shopping cart.

"I want an empty shopping cart to remind people that there are people out there who can't go out and fill a shopping cart, sometimes not even a food basket," said Wilson. 

Wilson is asking people to pledge a dollar or more for each mile or make a single donation. 

The walk starts at 7 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the Rowe's IGA Supermarket on Blanding Boulevard and 103rd Street.

MORE: Make a pledge or to sign up for the walk.

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