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Ride for Food 2022 - Riding for More Love, Less Hunger
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Open Table is again partnering with Three Squares New England in the annual Ride for Food. This year’s ride is back on the road on Sunday, October 2, 2022 OR virtual – whatever works for YOU! And you can bike, run, swim, walk, skip, jump or whatever exercise is fun for you. So choose your preferred activity and join in the fight for hunger-relief.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDaW1nJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyaHR0cCUzQSUyRiUyRnMubW1nby5pbyUyRnQlMkZDV3V6JTIyJTIwYWx0JTNEJTIybW90aW9ubWFpbGFwcC5jb20lMjIlMjAlMkYlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”10388″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1651528388291{border-top-width: 5px !important;border-right-width: 5px !important;border-bottom-width: 5px !important;border-left-width: 5px !important;border-left-color: #000000 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #000000 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #000000 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #000000 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”]

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Registration is now OPEN!
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Ride, spin, swim, run, or hike!

Ride together with the team on Sunday, October 2nd OR do your own exercise on your own time and your own path.

Have questions? Contact our team leaders at
ride@opentable.org

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Join the Team!

Join the team! Help us pedal, walk, swim, run… our way to more love, less hunger! We’ll have fun activities for the team throughout the summer leading up the the in-person ride Sunday, October 2nd.

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Support the Team!

Support your favorite “rider” or cheer on the whole team. Make a donation to help end hunger in our community.

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Ride Together - Exercise, Fundraising, and Fun!
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Get your whole family (or neighborhood) involved in the fun and fundraising with just one $25 registration fee! Simply select one family member to register and manage the fundraising page.
 
You can also create a team where each member has their own fundraising page. One person creates and names the team (“Create a Team”) When they register, and others can then join the team (“Join a Team”) when they register. Learn more HERE.
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[/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]There are no fundraising minimums, but we still hope that you will set your own personal goal and use your best efforts to reach it. And Three Squares will reward you for your efforts! All participants who raise $1,250 are eligible to receive a COVETED unique bike jersey, designed by a young local artist. For the non-cyclists, they’ll have a Ride for Food – Off the Beaten Path jacket to sport.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” center_row=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1617228221260{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;background-color: #f6f6f6 !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8183″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_text_separator title=”Why Ride?” title_align=”separator_align_left” css=”.vc_custom_1560471561056{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”][vc_column_text]
Why is Open Table participating in the Ride for Food?
Because there is an unacceptable level of hunger in Massachusetts. 1 in 10 households. 726,000 people. 1 in 8 children do not have enough food at home. Think of every 10th car in traffic as someone who is struggling in this state with so much abundance. There is enough food, but not enough will. It’s painful to confront.
 
Why is there in hunger in Massachusetts? 
It’s the cost of living:
  • 4th highest rent in the nation
  • 4th highest cost of child care
  • Utility costs 57% higher due to our older housing stock and long cold winters and
  • 6th highest cost of employer provided health care in the country.
  • A person making minimum wage $11.00 per hour would need to work 80 hours per week to afford the average two bedroom apartment.
Imagine how the statistics below affect seniors living on social security alone. Our working neighbors and even colleagues may be living with this struggle every day.
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If you would like to lead a training ride, organize a social meet up at a local restaurant, or organize a pot luck please let us know.

And, of course, you can support the Open Table riders and team financially. Help us be one of the top teams at the ride!

Again you don’t need to be a rider to support the Ride For Food and Open Table – you just need to want to help end hunger in our community.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”12225″ css=”.vc_custom_1622215810193{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Several members of the team gathered for a team photo with our new shirt-shaped yard signs in 2021 – more coming in 2022!

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Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of tasks before and during the ride. Coordination of those tasks is being done through a SignUpGenius form – so you can see all of the opportunities and find one that fits you. Or better yet, grab a group of friends or colleagues and come volunteer together.

Ride, Donate, Volunteer – you just need to want to help end hunger in our community… together we can do it.

Volunteer registration opens April 1st![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row center_row=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1560481299600{padding-top: 40px !important;background-color: #f6f6f6 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Recent Ride for Food News” title_align=”separator_align_left” css=”.vc_custom_1560378007747{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]

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