Give thanks--and donate food--by bike

The holidays are wonderful, but putting food on the table is a challenge for some. You can do something about that!

On Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 10:30 a.m., be part of Cleveland’s fifth annual Cranksgiving, a food drive on two-wheels. Ride your bicycle to Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Center. You’ll receive a map of grocery stories and a list of groceries to buy. You'll be encouraged to ride your bike to four stores and purchase food items totaling $15 (more or less) for donation.

Everything purchased is intended to be hauled by bicycle, either in a bag, pannier, rack or trailer. A few hours after the start of the event, riders will return to city hall to divvy up the groceries for donation to Cleveland and Heights food banks and pantries.

A group of bike messengers started Cranksgiving in 1999, in New York City, and the idea has spread across the country and as far abroad as the U.K. and Australia. (That proves that you don’t need to be from North America to appreciate the spirit of Thanksgiving.) The Cleveland Cranksgiving has started from various locations—this year from the Heights.

Bike Cleveland and the Heights Bicycle Coalition are the event sponsors, with support from many others. Join us.

Heights Bicycle Coalition

Heights Bicycle Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to educating and encouraging Heights community members to use bicycles as a sustainable and healthy form of transportation and recreation. Mary Dunbar of HBC wrote this column, with input from Jeffrey Sugalski of Bike Cleveland.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:35 AM, 11.01.2016