HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 12th annual “Will Bike 4 Food” presented by Stop and Shop was held Sunday, raising funds for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

September is Hunger Action Month, which was started to get people involved in ending food insecurity. For this event, bikers gear up at the Lions Club Pavilion in Hatfield to start their journey in one of three routes.

More than 350 cyclists registered to ride one of three routes through the Connecticut River Valley to raise awareness of food insecurity and hunger in the regions. This event will provide meals to more than 90,000 individuals currently facing food insecurity in western Massachusetts every month.

Since starting in 2011, Will Bike 4 Food has raised over $1.3 million, providing the equivalent of more than 5.2 million meals to neighbors in need. This year, the food bank will be seeking to raise $250,000, and that will be enough for 1 million meals.

“Frankly, too many people in our community are food insecure,” said Jillian Morgan of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. “We know we’re feeding 90,000 people every month that rely on us for their next meal.”

One route included a 100 mile route, another was a 50 mile route, and the last one was a 10 mile route.

One of this year’s youngest participants, Olivia Mtavoy, told 22News, “I’m trying to support the local food bank and it’s fun to exercise. The route is really nice.”

After the ride, all cyclists and guests were invited to join the C.E. Floyd Afte-Party with foods provided by local businesses including the Smithsonian Chowder House, Crooked Stick Pops, craft beer from Berkshire Brewing Company, hard cider from Headwater Cider, and wine from Black Birch Vineyard.

Live music from Soul Keys and DJ Alex Rivera was featured, along with lawn games for individuals of all ages. This year’s event was emceed by our own 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Brian Lapis.