Cycling Event Raises Funds to Combat Food Insecurity in Western Massachusetts
Hatfield, Mass. – Cyclists from all walks of life gathered at the Lions Club Pavilion in Hatfield on Sunday for the 13th annual Will Bike 4 Food event. Organized by the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and presented by Stop & Shop, the event aimed to raise funds and awareness to combat the high rates of food insecurity in the region.
According to a recent report from the Greater Boston Food Bank, western Massachusetts has the highest rate of food insecurity in the state. This alarming statistic served as a rallying cry for participants who were eager to contribute to the fight against hunger.
Participants in the event had the opportunity to embark on various cycling routes, each designed to cater to different fitness levels. The 100-mile century ride kicked off at 7:00 a.m., followed by the half-century ride at 10:15 a.m. The quarter-century ride commenced at noon, and the 10-mile family run ride concluded the event at 1:30 p.m. Regardless of the distance covered, all cyclists shared a common goal: to work towards a hunger-free future.
Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, highlighted the importance of the event in a news release, stating, “Will Bike 4 Food is a force for good, not just for our health and well-being, but also for our community. We invite everyone to come together for a day of cycling and good food. Together, we are creating a Western Massachusetts where everyone has access to enough nutritious food.”
The scenic Connecticut River Valley provided a picturesque backdrop for the cyclists as they pedaled their way through the region. The after-party, organized to reward the participants’ efforts, offered a chance for attendees to unwind and celebrate their contributions.
Will Bike 4 Food has become an annual tradition that not only raises funds for a worthy cause but also serves as a platform to raise awareness about food insecurity in the region. By promoting community engagement and encouraging physical activity, the event aims to inspire positive change and foster a sense of togetherness.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts plays a crucial role in addressing hunger-related issues in the region. Through its partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and volunteers, the Food Bank ensures access to nutritious food for individuals and families in need.
As participants geared up for the event on Sunday, they not only embraced the physical challenge of cycling but also embraced the opportunity to make a difference in their community. By supporting initiatives like Will Bike 4 Food, individuals and organizations are playing an integral role in the fight against food insecurity.
With the success of the 13th annual Will Bike 4 Food event, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts hopes to continue making strides towards a hunger-free future. Through the collective effort of the community, they aim to create a Western Massachusetts where no one has to go to bed hungry.
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