“I am proud to be participating in Will Bike 4 Food…”

Trevor Powers is lead graphic designer at River Valley Co-op in Northampton and captain of their cycling team.  Along with several coworkers, Trevor will be participating in the 7th Annual Will Bike 4 Food ride to end hunger in western Massachusetts on September 24. Here, he explains why he and his colleagues are taking part in the event.

River Valley Co-op Will Bike 4 Food team mascot

This year will be my second time participating in Will Bike 4 Food with team River Valley Co-op. I ride because I value what the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts does for the local community and my neighbors, and I want to support their mission while doing something that I love — cycling. I like this event for many reasons, but mostly because of the range of participants — people of all ages and abilities out there riding, all coming together for our community.

I am proud to be taking part in Will Bike 4 Food with team River Valley Co-op and grateful to the market for supporting a cycling group comprised of staff and family members. In addition to donating $2000 to the team, the co-op has made some excellent cycling jerseys for this year’s ride, and their strong support makes all of us excited to fund–raise, competing amongst ourselves to see who can raise more funds.

Team River Valley Co-op, 2016, Trevor Powers, 2nd from right

Will Bike 4 Food is immensely rewarding on many levels. As a cyclist you have the chance to push yourself do to a longer ride than you think you can (which is easy given the amount of camaraderie and support The Food Bank staff and volunteers provide), and as community member you can feel good knowing your participation translates into direct support for your neighbors in need. As a team member with co-workers or friends, the event provides a chance for team building and getting to know each other a little better while spending the day riding around our beautiful region.

Learn how your organization or group of friends and family can participate in Will Bike 4 Food as team this year.