Press Release: Cranksgiving Cleveland 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BICYCLE FOOD DRIVE RAISES FOOD TO HELP FEED THE HUNGRY
PARTICIPANTS HAUL FOOD BY BIKE, DONATE TO LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES
November 19, Cleveland: Cranksgiving – a “food raiser” bike ride supported by the local cycling community – is back this weekend to help ensure Cleveland-area families in need have enough food on the table this Thanksgiving.
Cranksgiving will be held at Deaconess Krafft Center, 3105 Devonshire Rd in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. The event, coordinated annually by Bike Cleveland and Pedal for Prizes, has raised more than $5,000 in food for Cleveland-area hunger programs and pantries since 2012.
Participants receive a map of nearby grocery stores, and are challenged to ride their bikes to four stores and purchase one or more food items specified for each. Everything purchased must be hauled by bicycle, either in a bag, pannier, rack, or trailer. They return to the starting location to donate the food they collect to area hunger programs. Cyclists likely spend about $15 (or however much they can) and ride fifteen miles.
For 2015, Senior Citizen Resources, and the Corinthian Hunger Center, will share the donated food and feed hungry individuals and families in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn and St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods, respectively. Representatives of both programs and the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland will be in attendance to tell participants how much the food raised at Cranksgiving means to the people they serve.
“The holiday season is a tough time for food programs across the city to remain stocked,” said Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director of Bike Cleveland. “One year, food collected at Cranksgiving allowed a pantry in the Kamm’s Corners area that had completely exhausted its food supply to stay open and continue serving hungry families for Thanksgiving.”
In addition to Cleveland, Cranksgiving events are being organized in more than fifty cities throughout the United States this Thanksgiving season. Additional information about Cranksgiving is available online at bikecleveland.org/cranksgiving.
About Bike Cleveland
Bike Cleveland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and the leading advocacy organization for bicycles and pedestrians in the Greater Cleveland area. With the goal of making Greater Cleveland a better place to live and ride, Bike Cleveland works to build livable communities by promoting all forms of cycling, and advocating for the rights and equality of the cycling community.