Pedal pushers and nonperishables (Nov. 18)

November 17, 2007

In the 63118 zip code where we live there are a lot of small food pantries, and over the years we’ve gotten to know a few of the people who run them.  This year I’ve been hearing about more need and fewer donations coming in (probably due to the whole housing situation and the economy).  And this year M. is old enough to understand the whole concept of donating to those less fortunate, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for events that will be both enjoyable for him and also drive home the fact that there are many other people who donate too — hopefully down the road it will instill in him a desire to be part of a giving community.

Some pantries specifically encourage children to visit — our playgroup just went to one at Epiphany UCC — and some community groups also do a great job of encouraging donations from young people.  The Cranksgiving Ride on Sunday (the 18th) is sponsored by one of the latter, BicycleWorks.   The program is mostly centered around teaching kids 9-17 good work ethic via bike- and computer-related classes; this food drive is an offshoot in that it’s a bike ride to stores where participants will buy food.  They’ll then return (with, the organizers hope, around $20 per pedaler worth of goods)  and the haul will be given to local food pantries.

Cyclists depart for the 1- or 3-hour routes at noon from the hq at 4102 Shenandoah. Info is at 314.664.0828 or the Web site.

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