Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt. It’s been held annually in New York City since 1999. Every year throughout the country, Cranksgiving events help provide thousands of needy families with a wealth of food during the week of Thanksgiving. For the second year in a row, we’re including Cedar Rapids in this national movement!
Join Goldfinch Cyclery and neighborhood friends at the NewBo City Marketfor the second annual Cranksgiving Cedar Rapids on Sunday, November 11th in partnership with the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. All of the food collected during the event will benefit those who access the resources from the Loaves & Fishes Mission House.
Pump up your tires, grab your helmet, bring a bag, a lock, your navigational skills and $15-$20 to buy food. Registration/Check-in + breakfast at the Newbo City Market starts at 10am. You’ll be provided a manifest with a list of food items to buy from specific grocery stores around town, and time before the official start to strategize your route. At 11am we’ll blow the start whistle and it’s up to you to navigate yourself to as many grocery store ‘checkpoints’ to purchase the specific food items on our list as you can. Once you’ve acquired everything on the list you must deliver the goods to the food pantry and make it back down to the Newbo neighborhood for the finish-line + after party at the Ideal Social Hall. You’ll receive a raffle ticket for every item you acquire from our manifest to enter in a drawing for RAD prizes provided by our partners. Your completed manifest, including all of your receipts, also earns you a free pint from Lion Bridge Brewing Company and the Cranksgiving Cedar Rapids canvas tote-bag from our friends at Bike Rags. Last year’s Cranksgiving Cedar Rapids rounded up and donated over 1600lbs of non-perishable food and hygiene items to the food pantry. Let’s see if we can top that this year!
Loaves & Fishes is a food pantry located in Westminster’s mission house at 1251 Third Avenue, SE. It is a joint ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Christ Episcopal Church. Their guiding principles are to treat everyone with respect and offer as much choice and dignity as possible. Every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m between 100-200 people come to the pantry for a box of food organized and distributed by volunteers. In turn, that food reaches about 1,500 individuals each month. Clients are typically poor, old, unemployed, disabled, homeless, abandoned, veterans, mentally ill and single parents. Visit the Loaves & Fishes website (https://www.crwpc.org/loaves-and-fishes) for more information about Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and how you can continue to contribute to this invaluable resource.
Contact Logan at Goldfinch Cyclery with any questions // (319) 775-0203 or INFO@GOLDFINCHCYCLERY.COM