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Lafayette Cranksgiving bicyclists buy nearly 250 items for Food Finders Food Pantry

They raced through various grocery stores throughout Greater Lafayette to compile ingredients.

Posted: Nov 16, 2019 7:16 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2019 11:49 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Food Finders Food Pantry has 241 more items to donate after this year's Cranksgiving. The half scavenger hunt -- half bike race brought out a dozen community members Saturday morning.

They raced through various grocery stores throughout Greater Lafayette to compile ingredients. The goal is to purchase foods that can be put together to create a Thanksgiving meal but also be the first to make it back to base.

Bicycle Lafayette has hosted the event for the past five years. Event Director Jeff Hardt said it's great seeing people brave the cold for a good cause.

“It's great that the people came out in this cold weather to actually go back and give back to the community,” said Hardt.

Steven Trott won last year's race. He said participating in the event is a double win.

“It's a double win because I get to get out and ride my bike and then there's also the benefit of donating food to the community,” said Trott.

The bike riders use their own money to pay for ingredients. Cranksgiving is a national event. Bicycle Lafayette has been hosting the race for the past five years.

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