No Wheels? Use your Heels
Not a bicycle aficionado? Don’t own a bicycle? The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is adding a charity walk, Heels for Meals, to its 6th annual charity bike ride, Wheels for Meals, taking place on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Walkers will have the opportunity to walk 2, 4, 7 or 10 miles from the Food Pantry at 609 Compromise Street, taking the foot path through town, out to the county park and back, depending on the walker’s chosen distance goal. The walk was added, says Board President, Karen Shew, “to give people an opportunity to raise funds for the Food Pantry who may not ride a bicycle. Adding the walk also coincides with the Pantry’s new “Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” program that provides healthier food items to clients and emphasizes a healthier life style through exercise.”
Wheels for Meals started in 2009 as a way to raise crucial funds to purchase supplemental foods and school lunch foods for Jeff Davis County residents and build awareness about hunger and the Pantry’s work. Bicyclists also start at the Pantry and may ride 14, 28, 44 or 88 miles on scenic route Hwy 17, to Hwy 166, and proceeding to Valentine on 505 and Hwy 90. Wheels for Meals is a fully supported ride with two “pit stops” and lunch in Valentine. In 2013, the Pantry added the “Princess Tour” for less accomplished riders who are bussed to Bloys Camp and then ride downhill 17 miles to the Food Pantry. All riders and walkers pay a registration fee and are required to raise $250.00 each, every dollar of which goes directly to support the Food Pantry’s services.
In the 2014 ride, the challenge is out to all riders to ride ALL THE WAY and become an official member of the “Crazy 88s”, and earn a special recognition. In the evening of the day of the ride, all riders, walkers, volunteers and official sponsors are invited to a celebratory cook-out where participants receive recognition for their accomplishments and gratitude from the Food Pantry’s board of directors.
To learn how to ride, walk, volunteer or become an official sponsor, see the Wheels & Heels for Meals page.