JFCS-NNJ bike/hike to fight hunger will be virtual
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JFCS-NNJ bike/hike to fight hunger will be virtual

JFCS bike ride committee member Alan Yung, left, stands with with JFCS’s immediate past president, Shira Feuerstein, and her son, ride founder David Feuerstein.
JFCS bike ride committee member Alan Yung, left, stands with with JFCS’s immediate past president, Shira Feuerstein, and her son, ride founder David Feuerstein.

Wheels For Meals Ride is set to go — virtually, of course — on June 14.

Participants can bike or walk and keep track of their distances. Riders can follow the routes from last year, which are listed on the website, or they can create their own. Participants who are 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 run is virtual this year in order to accommodate social distancing. Participants are encouraged to wear their tee-shirts, track their rides or walks, and share their pictures with JFCS-NNJ on social media. A live start will stream for people to join.

The ride supports JFCS food pantries and Wheels for Meals programs. Both are essential services that fight hunger, both in calm periods and in times of crisis. 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. Since mid-March, JFCS has seen a 50 percent increase in Kosher Meals-on-Wheels deliveries.

Participants who register by June 4 will receive tee shirts. 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 or call (201) 837-9090, ext. 212.

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