In a year when even more people, especially youth, are facing food insecurity, the food drive is even more important. With your help, we can still collect nonperishable food items and help alleviate some of the need in the region which has risen substantially since the onset of the pandemic.
Did you know St. Louis is home to the largest Cranksgiving event in the country? Each year, anywhere from 700 – 1000 bicyclists participate bringing in needed food to help people in the region. And it’s also one more thing that’s being upended in 2020.While we won’t be hosting this event that hundreds have come to look forward to in the same way, we still plan on collecting donations for canned food items with your help.We’re working with bringing in businesses around the area that will be collecting specific food donations (see below for suggestions). As a bonus, some of the locations will offer special deals or raffles or giveaways to those dropping off food items. We will be posting more about each location and what they’re doing during the dates of the food drive.So far, we have the following businesses signed up to be drop off locations for the food drive between November 14 – 22 (contact BWorks if your business wants to be a drop off location)
The Alpine Shop (2 locations)
Big Shark Bicycle Company (3 locations)
Billy Goat Bikes
The Hub Bicycle Company
St. Louis BWorks
Schlafly Brewery (3 locations)
You can also make a monetary donation here: https://bit.ly/3jwLSMc
With your help, we can still collect nonperishable food items and help alleviate some of the need in the region which has risen substantially since the onset of the pandemic.St. Louis Cranksgiving typically brings in between $5-10 thousand in food and monetary donations each year to help various food banks and food pantries across St. Louis. This year, we are again working with Operation Food Search’s Operation Backpack program that helps ensure area school-aged youth have food.SPECIFIC Items in high demand, PLEASE NO GLASS.
– Light tuna & salmon (canned or pouches) & canned chicken
– Soup, chili, stews with meat/beans (a meal in a can)
– Canned fruit (in natural juices)
– Diced tomatoes, tomato paste, canned spaghetti sauces
– Canned beans (low sodium appreciated)
– Instant brown rice, whole wheat pasta
– Boxed meal kits
– Canned vegetables
– Deodorant, toothbrushes & toothpaste
Thank you for your help in keeping this tradition alive in its new format and for your understanding.When we know it’s viable to keep you, our volunteers and staff safe, we’ll bring back the Cranksgiving event everyone has come to know. Feel free to bike to your favorite grocery store and then to the drop off location of your choice. While we understand everyone is itching to enjoy one another’s company and socialize, we believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to take as much caution as possible for the time being.