Fight hunger and ‘Bike 4 Food’

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Fight hunger while enjoying some of the best scenic views that the Valley has to offer. Chris Wojcik from the Food Bank of Western Mass and Katie Lipsmeyer from Energia Fitness and 50/50 Fitness Nutrition told us more.

Will Bike 4 Food
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion – 15 Billings Way, Hatfield Ma.
For more information visit WillBike4Food.org

Will Bike 4 Food (WB4F) is a fun and active cycling event that allows participants of all levels to join in the fight against hunger. This year’s WB4F will take place on Sunday, September 27th and include 3.5 (multi-surface), 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes through the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Now in its 5th year, the event has brought together hundreds of individuals, businesses, and teams who have provided more than 600,000 meals to neighbors in need. Funds raised from this event support the mission of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in its work with the community to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.

About the Food Bank:
The mission of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. In Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Western Massachusetts, approximately one in every eight people suffers from chronic food shortages or needs emergency food assistance. In some areas, rates of hunger and food insecurity are more than six times higher than the Massachusetts statewide average.

Since 1982, The Food Bank has been working behind the scenes of charitable organizations that provide food to people in need in western Massachusetts. Our 300 member agency programs include meal sites, food pantries, homeless shelters, childcare centers, and elder programs.  Each year we distribute more than six million pounds of food to these agencies to help feed people in need. At the same time, we are implementing long-term projects to fight the underlying causes of hunger. We know that hunger will continue to increase unless we work towards changing the conditions that create it in our communities.

Like food banks around the country, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts serves as a clearinghouse that connects and fulfills the needs of food industry donors, hunger-relief agencies, and, most importantly, our region’s hungry citizens. Food manufacturers, wholesalers, supermarkets, and restaurants donate consumable surplus food that otherwise would go to waste. Community organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals hold food drives and provide financial donations that help make our work possible. The Food Bank also receives USDA commodities, food purchased through a state program (the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, or MEFAP), and fresh, chemical-free produce from our own  Food Bank Farm.

The Food Bank is one of more than 200 certified food banks that are affiliated with Feeding America, a national network of food banks and food rescue programs.

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