UTICA, New York – More than 100 motorcycle enthusiasts raised $3,000 for Feed our Vets with an organized ride August 25th that had them heading out from Harley Davidson stores in four different towns and converging at the American Legion Post in Cicero for a celebration and barbecue.
The Second Annual 4 Points Compass Ride to benefit Feed Our Vets gave bikers, their families and several local communities an opportunity to show support for struggling veterans. Nearly 3 million American soldiers and their families don’t have enough to eat each month, and more than 130,000 veterans are homeless and hungry on any given night. An estimated 1.5 million American heroes are at risk of becoming homeless and hungry.
“This year’s event was a lot of fun and a great success,” said Richard Synek, founder and Executive Director of Feed Our Vets. “There are some amazing people in our local communities, and the area’s motorcycle riders are some of our biggest supporters. The money they raised will help us keep our food pantries stocked so that we can provide groceries struggling veterans and their families.”
Feed Our Vets operates food pantries in Utica and Watertown, and a mobile pantry that delivers food to veterans in underserved rural communities in upstate New York. The food is donated by local food manufactures and grocery stores, and purchased by Feed Our Vets with funds raised at community sponsored charity events like the Compass Ride. The pantries distribute food at regularly scheduled times to U.S. military veterans and their families.
The bikers came up with the idea for the ride in 2012 as a way to help Feed Our Vets fill its shelves before fall, when requests for help often increase. This year, the 112 riders departed from Harley stores in Watertown, Utica, Binghamton and Rochester early in the morning, and came together to complete the ride at the American Legion Post 787 in Cicero. Family members and Cicero residents joined them to show support and enjoy a barbecue lunch and live music by Lonesome Crow.