Register for this year’s Jewish Family & Children’s Services virtual JFCS Wheels For Meals Ride to Fight Hunger, set for June 14. When you do, you can bike or walk and keep track of your distances to help stop hunger, one mile at a time. Riders can follow the routes from last year, which are listed on the website, or they can create their own. Anyone who is more comfortable riding inside can join a Zoom ride with two-time USA Cycling national champion Mara Miller at 9 a.m., that Sunday. The Wheels for Meals — The Ride to Fight Hunger is going virtual in order to incorporate social distancing. Participants are encouraged to wear their tee-shirts, track their rides or walks, and share their pictures with JFCS on social media. A live start will stream for people to join.
Funds raised support JFCS’s vital services including its food pantries and Wheels for Meals programs, both essential services that fight hunger both in times of crisis and calm.. 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 home-bound seniors in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson counties. Since mid-March, JFCS has seen a 50 percent increase in Kosher Meals-on- Wheels deliveries.
David Feuerstein created the ride 10 years ago and he is committed even more than ever to get the word out about the ride and to raise necessary urgent funds. Last year, Nesya Bayewitz led a team in honor of her bat mitzvah that raised $18,000; she has a new team this year.
Tee shirts will be given to participants who register by June 4. Start your own team or join an existing one, like the one established in honor of Micah Kaufman, a long-time bike committee member. For more information, go to ridetofighthunger.com.