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Bike trek to raise funds for area food shelves

Summer is nearly here and for some it is a stressful time. For instance, children throughout our county will lose access to nutritious food options they typically get with school breakfast and lunch programs.

To bridge the gap, many parents in Goodhue County seek support from local food shelves. The summer, however, is when food shelves often experience lower inventories and when donations are typically at their lowest levels.

To help restock area food shelves for the summer, David Anderson, Live Well Goodhue County coordinator, will embark on a 100-mile bicycle ride fundraiser called The Ride To Re-Stock on June 21. The route will take him into seven communities throughout the county in an effort to increase healthy donations and raise awareness about the growing summer need at our food shelves.

Anderson will take rest stops along the route in each community and encourage residents to donate nutritious food at designated collection bins.

"I have a goal to raise $5,000 and 5,000 pounds of nutritious food just when as summer is kicking off," Anderson said.

Why donate?

Foods that are full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals nourish our bodies and provide the energy everyone needs to perform at a high level. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death and help with weight control, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foods that are high in sodium, added sugar, saturated fats and are calorie-dense contribute to obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

How to donate

Donate nutritious food June 17-22 at your community collection point. Donations also will be taken Wednesday, June 21, at your local food shelf.

The Ride To Re-Stock will begin 6:00 a.m. at Red Wing Area Food Shelf, 1755 Old West Main St., and end 6:30 p.m. at the same location. Planned rest stops will be at the following locations:

• Cannon Falls Food Shelf at 8:15 a.m.

• Kenyon All Season Food Shelf at 10:45 a.m.

• Wanamingo Elementary School at 12:15 p.m.

• Pine Island Sharing Shelves at 1:45 p.m.

• Zumbrota Food Shelf at 2:45 p.m.

• Goodhue's First Farmers and Merchants Bank at 4:15 p.m.

• Red Wing Area Food Shelf at 6:30 p.m.

Monetary donations can be made online at www.uw-gwp.org/get- involved/give.

Live Well Goodhue County is the local initiative of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Minnesota Department of Health. Our mission is to improve the health of our residents by making it easier to walk and bike, eat nutritious food and live tobacco-free. For more information contact David Anderson at 651-385- 6148 or david.anderson@co.goodhue.mn.us

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