Last Sunday, 320 riders pedaled courses ranging from three to 50 miles, and they were joined by dozens of walkers and masses of enthusiastic onlookers at the fifth annual Wheels for Meals — Ride to Fight Hunger.
The fundraiser was a project of the Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson; it supports JFS’s Meals on Wheels program and its community food pantry. Last year, JFS delivered 28,000 nutritionally balanced meals to the homebound elderly and to disabled Bergen County residents.
This year, the three-mile course was dedicated to the memory of Cindy Pikul, a former ride marshal and triathelete who died of cancer last year.
The day included music and a DJ, as well as exhibits by vendors. Corporate sponsors provided both money and goods and services.
So far, JFS has raised nearly $120,000 from participants and sponsors. It will accept donations until the end of the year at www.ridetofighthunger.com.