If you’d rather not stay home and watch the Rams get trounced by the Saints on Sunday, and if you’re avoiding raking/mowing/blowing all the leaves that have fallen this week, I have a suggestion for spending your afternoon (Nov. 15): the annual Cranksgiving food drive, er, ride. A couple hundred cyclists will set out at noon from Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchster Ave. in The Grove, with a map of stores at which they’ll purchase items from a shopping list for Food Outreach. Along the 10- or 25-miles routes, they’ll stock up (in the $10 to $20 price range total) then loop back around to Atomic Cowboy.

If you’d prefer to watch the Rams but want to donate ahead of the ride, there’s a list of drop-off points on the St. Louis BikeWORKS homepage.

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Will ride for food (Nov. 23)

November 21, 2008

You may not know it, but chances are you’re acquainted with someone who is relying on a food pantry right now. We’ve been working with M. to drive this home a little, by allowing him to help select items and bringing him to food pantries when we donate (Epiphany United Church of Christ in Benton Park has a nice educational “Hugs and Kisses” program for groups of children who donate, 314.772.0263).

Another good way for kids to help is the Cranksgiving Food Drive. In its third year in St. Louis, the nation-wide event allows participants to choose a 5-, 20- or 25-mile route to bike, shopping for non-perishable food at stores along the way. Cyclists carry the food back with them to the staging point, Bicycle Works on Shenandoah, where it’s collected for Food Outreach. The suggested outlay is about $20 per person.

Cranksgiving is Sunday (Nov. 23) starting at noon, and all ages and abilities are welcome (parents may have to carry their children’s purchases, but bike trailers work great for this). Last year 72 people participated, and organizers are hoping to triple that number this year. For info call 314.664.0828.