Editor's note: This fundraising event has been canceled due to fire danger in parts of the course, according to organizers.
Cyclists from across Bay Area are set to take part in the seventh annual Wheels for Meals Ride fundraising event this fall in the Tri-Valley.
The fundraiser, organized by Alameda County Meals on Wheels, aims to nourish local home-bound seniors and raise awareness about senior hunger. Last year, 1,000 riders on more than 40 teams helped raise $58,000 for the organization through the cycling event.
Organizers' goal this year is to raise $180,000 to fund meals for 85 seniors who are currently on the waiting list but unable to receive service due to insufficient funds.
"Our seniors shouldn't have to worry about from where and when their next meal will come. No one should be on a waiting list to eat," said Victoria Bruno, executive director of the Alameda County Meals on Wheels. "$8 buys a meal, so every donation, big and small, makes a significant difference."
With the funds raised, Alameda County Meals on Wheels collaborates with five local meal provider programs to deliver meals to seniors who are unable to prepare their own food and have difficulty with mobility.
Spectrum Community Services provides meals to seniors in the Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin areas.
At the Wheels for Meals ride on Oct. 17, participants will cycle from Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area and ride through routes in Pleasanton and the Livermore Valley before returning to Shadow Cliffs for a celebration with barbecue lunch and entertainment. The event offers routes of varying degrees of difficulty and distance to accommodate riders of all experience levels.
"You can show our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that they haven't been forgotten about and that their neighbors understand the importance of meal delivery and wellness/safety checks as key ingredients to them being able to retain their dignity and independence," Bruno stated.
To register to ride, start a team, become an event sponsor, volunteer or donate, visit www.wheelsformealsride.com.