As a singer-songwriter, Harry Chapin was best known for his amazing story songs like “Cat’s in the Cradle,” “Taxi,” “W*O*L*D,” and “Circle.” As a humanitarian, he also dedicated his life toward the cause of ending world hunger. He successfully lobbied congressmen and President Jimmy Carter to establish a Presidential Commission on World Hunger, he started WhyHunger (then-named World Hunger Year) and Long Island Cares (one of the country’s first regional food banks), he raised and donated millions of dollars to fight hunger, and he inspired thousands of his fans to support the cause.
Just a few short months after Harry died tragically in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway in July of 1981 at the age of 38, a small group of concerned citizens in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, decided to create an annual race in his name to raise funds to fight hunger and to provide food to children and adults in need, locally, across the U.S. and around the world.
The Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger is organized and managed by a commitee of volunteers and is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
In Croton-on-Hudson, we helped establish the Cortlandt Emergency Food Bank, which continues to fight hunger locally, helping our friends and neighbors, more than 30 years later. We continue to support it and such organizations as the Croton Caring Committee, Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill (C.H.O.P.), Hillside Food Outreach in Pleasantville, Food Bank for Westchester, and WhyHunger.
In 2007, through the efforts of former Croton resident and now US State Department Officer Robert Kerr, we linked up with two Kenyan marathon stars: Tegla Loroupe, two time NYC Marathon winner; and Paul Tergat, NYC Marathon winner in 2004, on a humanitarian project dear to Tegla’s heart. In recognition of this developing relationship the Run Against Hunger decided to make a substantial contribution toward building a kitchen at Tegla’s planned Peace Academy in Kapenguria, Kenya.
2015 marks the seventh year of our relationship with the Carolyn Belshe Orphanage in Cambine, Mozambique. Our contributions during these past five years have helped significantly expand the orphanage’s farming efforts as they work to move closer to food self-sufficiency. In addition to monetary contributions, on several occasions we have also sent dozens of surplus race tee-shirts. See the photos and videos for the happy results. In the video below, they are singing “Thank You,” first in Portuguese, then in English, and finally in Xitwah, their native language.
Our relationship with Friends of Montfort and Institut Montfort in Santos, Haiti, the largest school in Haiti for deaf and deaf/blind children in Haiti, is in its third year. Our donations have helped them progress from helping to build a kitchen at their new school campus in 20ll-2012 following the 2010 Earthquake, to helping them to equip the kitchen. With this year’s donation, we hope to help them to become more self-sufficient in growing their own food.
“When in doubt, do something!” — Harry Chapin