Members of the Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League presents $55,000 to Feed Lake Highlands on August. Courtesy Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League.

The Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League is helping to feed those in need.

The group presented a $55,000 check to faith-based nonprofit Feed Lake Highlands in August as the beneficiary of LHJWL’s 17th annual Run the Highlands race and fundraising event.

The decision to make Feed Lake Highlands this year’s recipient showcases LHJWL’s work over the last few years to expand the meaning of beautification in the community, past president Bronwyn Jefferson shared.

“We believe a healthy community is a beautiful community,” Jefferson said. “We are grateful for our sponsors, community leaders, and Feed Lake Highlands for continuing our mission to instill a sense of community in Lake Highlands through our 2020 [and] 2021 beautification project.”

Feed Lake Highlands offers food, resources, relationships and educational support to the neighborhood. The amount of need locally rose as families were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, LHJWL said in a release.

Feed Lake Highlands expects to use the funds for expanding services and to renovate their community center.

“To everyone who ran the Highlands—thank you—we promise to run hard in this next phase of the race to fight hunger and promote health,” Feed Lake Highlands executive director Jill Goad said.