Camp Hill Teams Up to Fight Hunger with First Trick or Trot Saturday, October 31

Fighting hunger is a top priority of the Earl Besch Fund at The Lion Foundation of Camp Hill, that provides food and clothing to help those less fortunate in the local community through donations. This year the Earl Besch Project is holding its first-ever “Trick or Trot” 5K in Camp Hill to raise funds for year-round food and pantry box supplies to sustain nearly 200 Camp Hill School District students and family members who are struggling to make ends meet.

“Trick or Trot” is Saturday, October 31, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 South 22nd Street.  

Lynette Pertschi, co-founder of the Earl Besch Project said, “At this time, there are a record number of families here in the Camp Hill School District who are food insecure.  In an effort to offer a hand-up, we are tremendously excited to get our first annual 5K off the ground.  We hope this event will fund our efforts for at least one year.”

Due to COVID, along with rising food costs, and more families unemployed, losing businesses or facing limited work, hunger has been on the rise in 2020 at record numbers.  PA children facing food insecurity in 2020 is projected at 24%, a 58% increase according to Feeding America. They estimate that 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry at night. With the average cost of a monthly food box supplied to a family being over $100, donations are needed throughout the region and to support Camp Hill’s Earl Besch Project.

Nancy Adams Besch, wife of the late Earl Besch whose family actively supports this initiative throughout the community added, “The Lion Foundation is doing a tremendous service to our community by supporting the critical needs of our students and families. It is gratifying to see the support for the first 5k Trick or Trot Race for the Earl Besch Project which will ensure year-round funds for those who are food insecure.”

You can register on The Earl Besch Project Facebook page or email or


o   Social distancing,
o   Masks to be work at registration,
o   Race to be capped at 200 runners in person. Virtual option available also for those wanting to participate on their own.  Please see registration information for details.


Other Ways to Help:

–        Bring a can or two to the Fiala Building, 417 S. 22nd Street, Camp Hill on Tuesday, October 27 or Thursday, October 29  between 3:00-4:30 p.m.
–        Make a donation to the Lion Foundation “Earl Besch Fund” at
–        Volunteer the day of the race