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Cranskgiving is a way to help Rowan Helping Ministries

The Pedal Factory is planning Cranksgiving, a food collection drive by bicycle, to help Rowan Helping Ministries on Saturday.

Beginning at Pedal Factory, 311 E. Council St., riders will make their way by bike to grocery stores and markets around town to buy nonperishable foods. There will be several ride leaders with plenty of options for distance and ease of ride. After gathering foods, groups will reconvene at Pedal Factory, enjoy social time and lunch, then deliver the food to Rowan Helping Ministries by bike.

All ages and abilities are welcome. Shorter, beginner-friendly rides are planned, and walkers are welcome, too. Bike rentals are available for those in need.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cranksgiving drives are held around the country each year, bringing people together to enjoy healthy transportation and provide a sense of community and thanks. There is no cost to participate; riders spend whatever they choose on food pantry items.
Riders may wish to bring a backpack or bag to carry items; ride leaders will have baskets and other means of transporting food, as well.

Backcountry and Beyond will provide riders with coffee in the morning and turkey sandwiches after the ride as part of its grill demo day. Also, Mean Mug coffeeshop is participating as a drop-off food donation site, collecting nonperishables until Saturday.

For more information, contact The Pedal Factory at 704-870-7145 or info@thepedalfactory.org.

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