Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Will Bike 4 Food?
Will Bike 4 Food (#WB4F) is a charity cycling event that began in 2011 to raise funds and awareness about the issue of local hunger. The event features 4 routes for cyclists of all abilities to choose from: 10, 25, 50, and 100 miles.
This year the event in virtual. That means you can participate wherever you are. Ride before the end of September and join you community to end hunger.
Proceeds from the event benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to help us to meet our mission.
Where is the event?
Typically, this event is at the Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion. But this year, you can ride your bike at any location.
If I’m not riding, can I help out on the day of the event or make a donation to The Food Bank?
If you’re interested in volunteering for Will Bike 4 Food, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Reynolds, at (413) 203-6316 or AmandaR@foodbankwma.org to learn more.
If you would like to make a general donation to help Will Bike 4 Food reach its fundraising goals, you can do so by:
1.) Making a secure online donation using your credit card at: www.pledgereg.com/willbike4food
2.) Sending in a check (and include “General Will Bike 4 Food donation” in the memo).
3.) By calling 413-247-9738 (Mon–Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and asking to speak to a member of our Donor Relations team.
How old do you have to be to participate?
Individuals of all ages are encouraged to participate. Anyone 18 and under must have a signed release form from a parent or guardian.
What are the costs?
Registration: There is a $35 registration fee due at the time of registration.
Fundraising Minimums: This year we have eliminated the fundraising minimum for this year’s virtual event. Fundraising is strongly encouraged, but not required to participate.
Individuals who raise $175 will receive a WB4F 2020 t-shirt.
Individuals who raise $1,000 or more will receive a custom WB4F cycling jersey.
Is there another way to register if I am unable to register on-line?
We highly encourage everyone to register online. However, if that’s not possible for you, please contact JillianM@foodbankwma.org or call 413-203-4946 to request a paper registration form. Payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card must be used to register when submitting your registration.
Where do the routes go?
This year, you can pick your own route (or even ride a stationary bike!) You are always welcome to ride the established routes WB4F cyclists have enjoyed for years. We have worked hard to create interesting and challenging routes for cyclists of all levels. Please view our route maps for more information.
How do I keep my miles and activity updated throughout the event?
BikeReg has created a simple ‘how-to’ for updating your activity online. For step by step instructions please visit https://www.bikereg.com/knowledge-base/136/How-to-update-your-activity-data-in-a-virtual-event
If I choose to form a team, how many riders do I need?
A team qualifies as 2 or more people. For more info on how to register as a team, visit willbike4food.org/teams.
Does everyone on my team have to ride the same route length?
No. You don’t all need to ride the same route to be considered a team. Everyone should choose a route that works for their cycling ability. Choose one that’s right for you.
If you do choose to ride together, make sure to follow your town’s updated guidelines for safely socializing.
How can I split donations between me and my team?
The team captain of your team, can split donations made to the team as needed. All you’ll need to do is:
1. Login to your fundraising page at www.pledgereg.com/willbike4food
2. Click “Manage my Fundraising” (top right of your screen)
3. Click “Split team donations” (menu option on the left of your screen)
4. View team donations and allocate as desired
How do I make a donation to a Will Bike 4 Food participant (individual or team)?
All WB4F participants and teams have unique fundraising pages. To search and make a secure online donation to a team, individual, or event, please visit: pledgereg.com/willbike4food
Can I fundraise online?
Can I fundraise offline?
Yes. You may collect checks and/or cash and turn it in the day of the event. Please use a pledge form to keep track of amount of donations you receive, and the people you receive them from. It’s a good idea to make a copy for your own records.
PLEASE NOTE: To help us maintain social distancing, we ask that you please mail your donations to The Food Bank, making a note of which team to apply the donation to.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
P.O. Box 160, Hatfield, MA 01038
Can I fundraise both online and offline?
Yes. You may choose to use a combination of online and offline fundraising. In fact, this is the best way to maximize your efforts and help you reach your goal. Visit our fundraising page for tips.
Will people who donate to me get a receipt for tax purposes?
If someone donates to you on your fundraising page, they will receive an email from PledgeReg recognizing their donation. They can use this email for tax purposes. They will not receive a letter from The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. However, if someone absolutely needs a letter from The Food Bank, please feel free to reach out to us at 413-247-9738 and ask to speak to someone in our Donor Relations department.
If someone writes a check and gives it to you to turn in, they will receive a letter in the mail from us that they can use for tax purposes. Please make sure that all checks have the donor’s name and address included. If a donor is making a donation to a particular team or individual, please ask them to also list that ON the check.
If someone donates cash, they will not receive a receipt.
Will there be t-shirts this year?
Yes – All individual participants who raise $175 or more will get a 2020 WB4F t-shirt. Mid-September we’ll be opening an online store where eligible participants can order their shirts using a promo code given by the WB4F Event staff. You’ll be able to have your WB4F 2020 shirt shipped directly to your home!
What prizes are awarded for fundraising?
Raising money for WB4F will allow you to win some fantastic prizes:
- $1,000 — WB4F cycling jersey
- $175 — Official WB4F t-shirt
Stay tuned for more updates on prizes!