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Johnstown Food Drive

To celebrate Thanksgiving many typically cook a meal to share with friends and family, but for others it’s not that simple. However, a bike shop in Johnstown wants to make it that easy.

Hope Cyclery has brought back their Cranksgiving Food Drive by bike for a second year to the city. Co-owner of Hope Cyclery, Jarrod Bunk, says people will ride their bikes throughout Johnstown and stop at grocery stores to buy food they will donate to local food pantry’s.

The Cranksgiving food drive will take place on Saturday Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. anyone who wants to participate can meet at Hope Cyclery’s new store location downtown at 647 Railroad St. near the Freight Station.

For their very first Cranksgiving last year Bunk says 15 people participated and they were able to donate over 300lbs of food including Turkey. This year Bunk says there’s an even greater need to give back.

“COVID is spiking but we feel that we also need to something for the community and we needed to do this as safe as possible,” said Bunk.

Riders will bike to Randy’s Bilo, Giant Eagle in the West End and Ideal Market downtown as well as two other surprise locations Bunk says they will announce at the event. But if you want to participate Bunk asks you grab a mask before you get on your bike.

“The only way you can participate unfortunately regardless of medical condition etc. you do have to have a mask. We do ask if you’re not a member of the same household that you do not ride with other groups,” said Bunk.

You can find more information about the event on Hope Cyclery’s Facebook Page.

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