Pantexans will be hitting the road Friday in an effort to raise awareness about hunger in the Texas Panhandle in the second Pantex Run Against Hunger. Pantex also invited Highland Park and Panhandle schools to join them in a food drive to benefit the High Plains Food Bank.
Byron Logan and Randy Stokes, officers in the Safeguards & Security Division at Pantex, will again embark on a long-distance trek through parts of the Panhandle ending at the High Plains Food Bank’s food drive, which is being hosted at United Market Street.
The Run Against Hunger began in 2011 with a 30 mile run from Pantex to United Market Street. This year, the pair wanted to expand the event to allow others to participate and to grow awareness about the need for food in the area. The pair has added a 40-mile bicycle ride from Pantex Plant to Panhandle High School and then Highland Park High School. They will begin the approximately 20-mile run to United Market Street at Highland Park Schools. Other Pantexans will join them along the route, some during the bike ride and others during the run. They will be followed by a Bearcat, which is an armored vehicle used by Security Police Officers at Pantex.
“Randy and I wanted to do something to help people in our community who are struggling,” Logan said. “We run long distances, and we wanted to use that skill to raise awareness about hunger in our area.”
The food bank is conducting its annual food drive this week. They can take a donation of $5 and stretch it into $50 of food. The top needs this year are green beans, canned soups, canned mixed vegetables, bagged rice and sweet peas.
Any media outlet wishing to cover this effort is welcome to film along the route of the run. They plan to begin the running portion at approximately 11 a.m. running west on U.S. Highway 60, south on Lakeside Drive and west on the Interstate 40 access road into Amarillo. For safety purposes, they will leave I-40 at Ross Osage and run several smaller roads to Georgia Street. They expect to arrive at Market Street at approximately 2 p.m., where they will be available for interviews. For updates on where the run is along the route, please contact Laura Bailey at 223-8211.
B&W Pantex manages and operates the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. B&W Pantex is also the proud recipient of the DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program Superior STAR status for safety excellence. The company was also named one of America’s safest companies by Occupational Hazards magazine and has received numerous awards from the National Safety Council.