BRAKE THE HUNGER CYCLE TOUR began four years ago with the seed of a dream to help a few local families impacted by the recession and in need of assistance. Now in the fourth year, the Tour has become one of the largest charity bike rides in northern New Jersey, with proceeds locally supporting The New Jersey Community FoodBank, and internationally, supporting projects providing clean, sanitary water sources. The bike event has raised $120,000 in funding for the hungry thanks to generous sponsors and participants.
Paul Miller BMW in Wayne, a strong community advocate, has joined forces with the fourth annual BRAKE THE HUNGER CYCLE TOUR, as the tour’s lead sponsor in fighting hunger. The Tour will take place on May 7, 2011, in Kinnelon, NJ. This is a ride, not a race, and has attracted hundreds of bikers to the scenic beauty of Morris County, with riders coming from four states; CT, NY, PA and NJ. There are five bike routes for every skill level, from experienced bikers (62 and 40 miles), to the casual biker (25 miles), and 12 and 4-mile routes for families and youngsters. Rest stops along the way will be available with food and drinks. Cycling routes will be monitored by SAG (support and gear) vans with Ham Radio operators on-board. The volunteer Ham Radio operators will also be strategically located at
various sites for complete coverage of all five routes. A GPS station will be located at the check-in site for downloading routes to a biker’s cycling GPS.
Rides begin and end at St. David’s Church, 91 Kinnelon Road, in Kinnelon, with an all-you can eat backyard BBQ and live music provided by the Nth Degree Band. Kessler Institute, another sponsor for the event, will have their own team of riders and will also have physical therapists on site who will provide stretching boards for the riders upon their return, to ease those tired muscles. A masseuse will also be on site to treat ride fatigue, as well as many other vendors, including Newater Systems who will be providing fresh, crisp spring water for the event. Newater will have their team participating to help support the cause and will also have a demonstration on the patented system. Music, games and giveaways will be provided by WDHA radio. Free photos will be sent to each rider. Non-riders are welcome to join the post-ride BBQ ($10) beginning at Noon.
Home Page: http://www.hungercycletour.com
Several other groups will be riding as teams in support of the Hunger Cycle Tour, including local Kinnelon Girl Scout Troop 951, who have designed their own t-shirts for the event and will be baking and staffing a bake-sale table. They have diligently worked at promoting the event among other local Girl Scout troops and designing and distributing posters and flyers.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributed 37 million pounds of food last year to people in need in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. Its staff and volunteers fight hunger and poverty not only through the distribution of food and grocery products, but by education and training, and by creating new programs to meet the needs of low-income people. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has earned Charity Navigator’s highest honor, a four-star rating, for the second consecutive year. Some statistics on hunger:
• In northern New Jersey, the average food insecurity rate in 12.7%
• 1 in 6 Americans does not have enough access to food
• Only 12% of clients fed by food banks are homeless
• 14 million children in America struggle with hunger
• 36% of food insecure households have at least one working adult
• 26% of hungry adults have post-high school educations
• Lack of adequate nutrition affects the cognitive and behavioral development of children who also suffer from fatigue and difficulty concentrating
• 49 million Americans have limited resources for getting enough food
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The Brake the Hunger Cycle Tour is a ride, not a race, and has attracted hundreds of bikers to the scenic beauty of Morris County, with riders coming from four states; CT, NY, PA and NJ. There are five bike routes for every skill level, from experienced bikers to the casual biker, families and youngsters. Rides begin and end at St. David’s Church, 91 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon, with an all-you can eat backyard BBQ, with live music and entertainment. Non-riders are welcome to join the post-ride BBQ ($10.) To learn more or to Registration (http://www.hungercycletour.com/