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How an exercise app fights hunger in America

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The next time you see someone walking, running or biking they could very well be helping feed the hungry. A movement called Charity Miles has generated significant support for food banks across the country.

Feeding America said today that $62,984.00 in donations had been received from Charity Miles, which is a free smartphone app. The app lets you generate donations for charity simply by doing a workout. All you do is click a few buttons and go for a run, walk or bike. The donations are paid for by corporate sponsors.

Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, is getting much needed help from Charity Miles users. The donations, collected from the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, equal 188,952 meals.

This food is distributed to Feeding America's network of food banks. These food banks are stretched thin because of high rates of hunger, coupled with reductions in food stamps by the federal government.

A new study on hunger in America shows the tremendous struggles many people are facing to put food on the table. The study, released Monday, said over 46 million Americans rely on food pantries. Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, says,

“The results from this historic study are truly alarming. Many of the people we serve struggle not only to get enough to eat, but also to keep a roof over their heads, the lights on in their homes, and to cover their healthcare and medicine costs. Hunger in America 2014 highlights the enormous hardships faced by the millions of low-income families who rely on the Feeding America network for help.”

Charity Miles offers an easy way Americans can help out those in need. Just going for a workout, posting it on twitter or facebook, and generating the donations from corporate sponsors can make a difference. It's an extra source of support foodbanks can count on.

Charity Miles allows runners, walkers and bikers to use their workouts to raise funds and awareness for around 28 different causes. The app fights hunger at home through Feeding America and abroad by supporting the UN World Food Programme (WFP). You can get started by visiting www.charitymiles.org

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