Thanksgiving Day 5k.

Every Thanksgiving since 2002, thousands of people come together in Balboa Park to give back to others with their family and friends. This year will be no different. On November 22nd, 2018, Father Joe’s Villages will hold their 17th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K to raise funds and awareness for their programs.

Each year, Father Joe’s Villages provides more than one million meals to people experiencing homelessness in San Diego. They offer three daily meals to people living in their Emergency Housing, Bridge Shelters and Transitional Housing programs and daily lunch for community members in need through the Franklin Antonio Public Lunch Program.

For some, the food they receive might be the only meal they receive that day. This meal is especially important because access to warm, nutritious food not only relieves hunger, it can save lives. Studies have found that lack of food is associated with greater odds of hospitalization, higher utilization rates of ambulances and emergency rooms and health problems. Access to even one meal a day can drastically reduce the likelihood of these consequences.
Father Joe’s Villages serves meals 365 days a year to people of all ages, race, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Every day, Father Joe’s Villages serves more than 18,000 pounds of food. Funds and support from the Thanksgiving Day 5K make this outcome possible.

The Thanksgiving Day 5K is also a fun event for the whole family. The post-race festival features live music, a beer garden, games and the chance for children to meet their favorite princesses and super heroes. The 5K offers a Catholic mass before the race as well.

If you would like to get involved, Father Joe’s Villages invites you to join them. Visit to start a team or register as an individual. Together we can help Father Joe’s Villages provide one million meals to our neighbors in need.