here!) Please note: This year's ride is October 5!
What was the motivation behind starting the tour and who benefits from it?
I have personally participated in many charity bike rides and saw the
power they have to not only raise money, but to raise awareness. When I
moved to Fort Davis, I quickly realized the the Pantry was perhaps the
single most crucial nonprofit in JDCty, because without the supplemental
food it provides, children would not do well in school, families would
suffer. Nearly 20% of the JDC population receives supplemental and
school lunch foods from the Pantry.
How have they been able to utilize the funds in the past?
Funds raised through the WfM event make up almost 1/2 of the Pantry’s
annual budget, paying for tons of foods and paying for operations of the
building facilities to ensure our doors stay open.
We have over 40 volunteers providing support at two pit stops and lunch
stop, driving SAG vehicles, and information at the registration. The
Riders’ $50 registration fee covers the costs of the t-shirts, pit stop
snacks and drinks. We have nearly 30 sponsors this year donating dollars
and in-kind goods to support the ride. Most of the sponsors donatipons
and ALL of the riders’ fund raising monies go directly to services. Even
all the the food and beverages at the post-ride cookout are donated by
sponsors and our board members.
What was the most rewarding experience throughout the years hosting this event?
Hearing the positive comments from our riders and volunteers about the
quality of the ride: the beauty of the scenery, the enthusiasm of the
volunteers, the quality of the pit stops and qauntity of snacks, the
good and rewarding feelings the riders and volunteers have about their
constributions to helping the Pantry’s consumers.
Want to learn more? Want to ride? Click here to learn more specifics about the ride. Click here to learn more about the Food Pantry!