On a beautiful September morning, JF&CS Family Table participated in the fourth annual Ride for Food, a cycling fundraiser sponsored by Three Squares New England. Our team of 20 cyclists joined riders representing 25 other food pantries and food assistance organizations to support food pantries in our area and raise awareness of hunger in our communities. The Ride is also a great excuse to enjoy a fun day of cycling and connect with other people who are committed to the fight against hunger.
This year, each rider chose one of three routes -- 10, 25, or 50 miles in length. Each also committed to supporting our fundraising effort by raising money, making their own contribution, or recruiting other riders. This was the second year that Family Table participated in the Ride for Food. Last year's 12 riders raised $13,000, and this year our team has raised $18,000 so far. These gifts will help provide much needed food for the more than 400 households Family Table serves each month. Donations will be gratefully accepted until October 20.
Many thanks to everyone who participated – whether by riding, volunteering, or donating. We look forward to participating again next year and hope that even more riders will join us. Details on next year's ride will be available in the spring. Please be in touch with us if you're curious to learn more.
Bernice Behar is the Director of Family Table, the largest kosher food pantry serving Greater Boston and the North Shore. She joined JF&CS in 2010 having spent many years working in the financial industry as a chartered financial analyst and investment manager. Bernice brings to Family Table a passion for helping people access nutritious food and a dedication to working in the Jewish community. She is an active board member at her synagogue and holds a BA from the University of California Berkeley.