Jeff Gardner is organizing a 5K to benefit F.O.R. Maricopa as his Eagle Scout project.

A Maricopa teen is organizing a 5K run to benefit the F.O.R. Maricopa food bank.

Jeff Gardner, 17, a student at Sequoia Pathway Academy, is working on an Eagle Scout project.

“It is to help restock after Christmas when the shelves get empty,” Jeff said.

Calling it the Maricopa Food-Raiser, he plans a 5K run and one-mile fun run/walk. Entry in the 1-mile run is three cans of food. To compete in the 5K, bring five cans. The food goes “straight to the food bank,” he said.

The event is Jan. 21 at Copper Sky Regional Park. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. The one-mile run sets off at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K starts at 8 a.m.

To re-register or to volunteer for the event, contact Jeff between 3 and 7 p.m. at 480-772-0864.