JFCS bike/walk goes virtual
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JFCS bike/walk goes virtual

Nesya Bayewitz of Teaneck, left, with Wheels for Meals — Ride to Fight Hunger founder David Feuerstein. Nesya’s team raised $18,000 last year in honor of her bat mitzvah; she has started a team for this year as well. (Courtesy JFCS)
Nesya Bayewitz of Teaneck, left, with Wheels for Meals — Ride to Fight Hunger founder David Feuerstein. Nesya’s team raised $18,000 last year in honor of her bat mitzvah; she has started a team for this year as well. (Courtesy JFCS)

Register for this year’s Jewish Family & Children’s Services virtual JFCS Wheels For Meals Ride, set for June 14. Bike or walk and keep track of your distances to “help stop hunger one mile at a time.” Funds raised support JFCS vital services.

Last year more than 200 families received support from the JFCS food pantries in Teaneck and Fair Lawn and more than 48,000 Kosher Meals-on-Wheels were delivered to homebound seniors in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson counties.

David Feuerstein created the Wheels for Meals ride 10 years ago, and he is committed, even more than ever, to get the word out about the ride and to raise the urgently necessary funds. The need for services continues to increase each day as a result of covid-19. Nesya is passing the torch to a few special bar/bat mitzvah children, who are creating teams and raising money for the cause. Among them is Gregory Michaels from Tenafly who has worked in the food pantry and delivered KMOW with his family.

Since the corona virus crisis hit locally, JFCS has seen a 28 percent increase in monthly food pantry appointments and emergency requests, a 37 percent increase in Kosher Meals-on-Wheels deliveries, and 40 percent increase in volunteer hours.

The Wheels for Meals the Ride to Fight Hunger is going virtual in order to incorporate social distancing. Participants are encouraged to track their ride or walk and share their pictures with JFCS on social media. A live start will stream for people to join, and there also will be a virtual class for those that have a spin bike.

The ride supports JFCS food pantries and Wheels for Meals programs, both essential services that fight hunger both in times of crisis and calm. People who register by June 4 will get T-shirts. For more information, go to ridetofighthunger.com or call (201) 837-9090, ext. 212.

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