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Halloween 5K To Scare Hunger Away


The 3rd Annual Halloween 5K to Scare Hunger Away is being held on Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park.

The Halloween-themed event will include a timed and USATF-certified course, prizes for top finishers and best costumes, trick-or-treat stations for all ages, a kids fun run, food, music, and giveaways. Proceeds from the event will benefit CUMAC, a nonprofit agency dedicated to alleviating hunger and its root causes in Paterson, Passaic County and northern New Jersey. 

Robert Barwick, organizer of the event and owner of Barwick Marketing & Events Group, started the race in 2015 in hopes of addressing hunger in his community. Over its first two years the Halloween 5K has grown in popularity, helping to raise awareness and thousands of dollars for the fight against hunger in New Jersey. Nearly 200 people came to last year’s race, which brought runners and walkers from all over the Garden State. Barwick and the CUMAC staff are hoping for an even greater turnout this month.

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Attendees are being encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the race. All donations will support CUMAC’s food pantries, which serve over 2,500 clients every month, and will provide a vital boost to its resources at a critical time of year. With the holiday season fast approaching, the CUMAC staff expects to serve even more clients in the months ahead. “We’re excited that our event is making an impact on CUMAC’s warehouse shelves and in the homes of those in need in Passaic County,” says Barwick, who has been coordinating events in the area for over two decades." 

With food insecurity now affecting nearly 50,000 people in Passaic County, the CUMAC staff believes that creativity and community collaboration are essential to tackling the hunger crisis. “We're so grateful to the Barwick Group for putting together this exciting event” says Mark Dinglasan, CUMAC’s executive director. “The 5K gives the unique opportunity to educate our community about the fight to end hunger, while having some fun. Every person who runs or walks at the race this month will help change lives and we’re grateful for that.” 

With new partners and surprises planned for the race, Barwick and the CUMAC staff are working to make this year’s 5K the most enjoyable yet.  

The 5K to Scare Hunger Away starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. To register for the event or to learn more visit All donations will support food insecure families in northern New Jersey. 

CUMAC is a 501c3 non-profit organization with multiple programs dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in Paterson, Passaic County and beyond. CUMAC’s programs include a food pantry that serves over 3,000 individuals every month, a food depot that handles nearly 2 million pounds of food for a network of over 50 agencies, a disaster relief program, a thrift shop that provides high quality, low cost items to the community, the Pathways to Work program that offers job training to those seeking gainful employment, Place of Promise which provides a permanent supportive housing program for the chronically homeless, and the Community Food Coalition, a collection of pantries working together to stop hunger in New Jersey.

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