The Boston Marathon is a citywide celebration of strength and resiliency. Though the event has been punctuated with tragedy in the past, residents, locals and participants have rallied over the terror and proved that they are “Boston Strong.” It continues to be a springtime spectacle, and almost everyone in the city comes out to support the contestants. And, in addition to being the pinnacle of New England pride, the marathon will also feed hungry kids around the world this year.
UNICEF USA’s Kid Power is partnering with the Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock to turn every runner’s steps into packets of ready-to-use therapeutic food. The packets will be sent to malnourished kids in developing nations all over the world. UNICEF also has a companion app so they can track users’ activity on a smartphone.
There will be approximately 30,000 people running the marathon, and UNICEF estimates that they will take approximately 1.65 billion steps, which has potential to provide a full course of nutrition to more than 500 children. UNICEF is also encouraging families to use the Kid Power technology to join the marathoners at home.
According to UNICEF, the Kid Power program has provided nutrients to more than 52,000 kids around the world, and marathon runners get to make that number even higher.