(Courtesy Jonathan Koshi)

Saturday’s Supermarket Street Sweep bike race to benefit SF-Marin Food Bank

For 11 years local cyclists have been bundling up and hitting the road at the beginning of December for a unique charity bike race. This Saturday Dec. 3 Supermarket Street Sweep returns, with the goal of collecting thousands of pounds of food for the SF-Marin Food Bank—all delivered by bicycle.

The bike race will start at Cupid’s Span at 12 noon, and end at the SF-Marin Food Bank in Potrero Hill at 4 p.m.  Riders are given a list of supermarkets they have to hit, and a list of items to buy at each one.

Participants can choose from three race categories, based on their skill set: Cargo, Points and Team. Winners are determined based on how many pounds of food they collect (Cargo), how many far-away supermarkets they hit (Points), or the number of stores they manage to visit in four hours (Team).

The race doesn’t include an entry fee, but each racer will pay for the food they gather, effectively donating both time and money this holiday season to offset food insecurity in two counties. Cyclists interested in participating in the event can find more info on Facebook.

Last year 109 riders competed in Supermarket Street Sweeps, bringing in 12,218 pounds of food and raising $13,194 in donations. To date, the race has brought in 254,110 pounds of food in its 11 years.

Every year 48 million pounds of food are distributed by the SF-Marin Food Bank. With the help of 450 non-profit partners who help supply those in need, the Food Bank is responsible for providing 100,000 meals each day.

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