NORTH HATFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - More than 135,000 people in Western Massachusetts face hunger - that's one in every eight residents. Next month, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts "Will Bike for Food" and they want you to do the same and Meghan Pete came on Mass Appeal to tell us about the event.
Will Bike For Food
Sunday, September 29th
Starts at 7:00AM
Food Bank of WMass
97 North Hatfield Road
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About 'Will Bike for Food':
Casual and avid cyclists alike are invited to participate in 'Will Bike 4 Food,' a charity bike ride featuring 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile rides. The Food Bank has been working closely with local cycling experts to determine the most interesting and challenging routes for every level.
Participants may compete in teams or as individuals, and will raise dollars for The Food Bank by collecting donations from friends, family members, and co-workers.
Your registration fee and fundraising efforts will benefit The Food Bank's mission to reduce hunger and increase food security in Western Mass.! For every $1 you raise, we can distribute $9 worth of food.
Starting from The Food Bank's headquarters in Hatfield, cyclists will experience beautiful Pioneer Valley in early Fall, one of the best times of the year to experience Western Massachusetts. The scenic routes will take advantage of the area's natural beauty and quiet back roads.
About the Food Bank of Western Mass:
The mission of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is to work with our community to reduce hunger and increase food security. In Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties in western Massachusetts, approximately one in every ten people suffers from chronic food shortages or needs emergency food assistance. In some areas, rates of hunger and food insecurity are more than six times higher than the Massachusetts statewide average.
Since 1982, The Food Bank has been working behind the scenes of charitable organizations that provide food to people in need in western Massachusetts. Our 300 member agency programs include meal sites, food pantries, homeless shelters, childcare centers, and elder programs. Each year we distribute more than six million pounds of food to these agencies to help feed people in need. At the same time, we are implementing long-term projects to fight the underlying causes of hunger. We know that hunger will continue to increase unless we work towards changing the conditions that create it in our communities.
Like food banks around the country, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts serves as a clearinghouse that connects and fulfills the needs of food industry donors, hunger-relief agencies, and, most importantly, our region's hungry citizens. Food manufacturers, wholesalers, supermarkets, and restaurants donate consumable surplus food that otherwise would go to waste. Community organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals hold food drives and provide financial donations that help make our work possible. The Food Bank also receives USDA commodities, food purchased through a state program (the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, or MEFAP), and fresh, chemical-free produce from our own Food Bank Farm.