Cyclists help restock food pantry ahead of holidays
BOYNTON BEACH (CBS12) —
As Thanksgiving approaches, food pantries across South Florida are seeking donations. Helping restock those shelves are dozens of cyclists who participated in the Second Annual Cranksgiving Bike Ride and Scavenger Hunt in Boynton Beach.
As they pedaled away from the start line, you could spot the most festive cyclist of them all.
“The stuffing is empty, I ate it last night,” Farrell said.
Jackie Farrell rolled up with a turkey on her helmet partially made of a empty stuffing box.
Farrell is among the more than 60 cyclists who attended this year's Cranksgiving Bike Ride and Scavenger Hunt.
“It's a lot of fun because we get to ride our bikes and we get a little crazy,” Farrell said.
While at the same time donating nonperishable food items to the food pantry operated by the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach.
“This is our opportunity to help our community to go and collect these goods,” Farrell said.
During the 14-mile bike ride, cyclists navigated through city streets and stopped at four different stores. Inside they searched for specific food items on their shopping list such as rice, green beans and stuffing. Spending a minimum of five dollars at each store, they loaded up drop boxes with more than $1500 worth of food.
The donations will help fill 250 thanksgiving baskets for local seniors and families in need.
“The statistics in Palm Beach County indicate that one out of every three children don't know where their next meal is going to come from,” said Doreen Robinson, Fundraising Chair for the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach.
It's generous donors like Farrell who are making a difference in the fight against hunger.
“It just makes us feel good to help others,” Farrell said.
The Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach operates an emergency food pantry open to the public on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s.