The second annual #ChefsCycle ride to benefit No Kid Hungry sets the stage for a new cause-based cycling franchise
I'm in a paceline with Chefs Jason Roberts and Jeff Mahin on the Pacific Coast Highway, rolling through Malibu, California. We're spinning along at 30 mph, riding in a narrow sleuth between weekend traffic on our left and a blur of of parked cars and surf boards to the right. This is the final stretch of a 100-mile ride that started in Santa Barbara earlier in the day and is about to end in Santa Monica. And although we have two more days and another 200 miles to go, ultimately ending up in San Diego, you wouldn't know it from the pace. Roberts and Mahin are dropping the hammer to support a great cause...and to put the hurt on me.
Roberts is a celebrity chef and author, who advocates for healthy, gluten-free diets;
Mahin is a chef/partner with the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, overseeing a number of properties in Chicago and Los Angeles. And each of them shares lead evangelist duties for ChefsCycle.org (#ChefsCycle), a new cause-based cycling event that supports No Kid Hungry and its mission to end childhood hunger in America.
~ Billionaires ~ It doesn't take money to make you rich, it takes people, it takes time, it takes a common love for what's right and real!!!, An over whelming response of love and gratitude for team #chefscycle as we rolled into #SanDiago for the dollars raised and and the hundreds of miles ridden! ° Big shout out to my boys @ngallan and @jmahin for not only hacking out the 600miles with me but for being true #nokidhungry Heroes!! 🚴🚴🚴 A journey to not only be remembered but one that will connect over 3 million children to a meal° @nokidhungry is a reality .... Please join us for #chefscycle2016 ...... 🚴🏁
For its second year, #ChefsCycle features East- and West-Coast versions, which go from New York City to Washington D.C. from June 7th to 9th and Santa Barbara to San Diego from June 14th to 16th respectfully for a grand total of about 600 miles. Roberts and Mahin are joined by a couple dozen other chefs who, combined, are raising more than $330,000 for No Kid Hungry. This translates into roughly three million meals.
No Kid Hungry (NKH) is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength, which has grown exponentially over the past five years. Unlike so many health and environmental causes, the goal of NKH is readily achievable with resources alone.
Which is to say it doesn't require a moonshot or scientific breakthrough to get food to children in need. It goes without saying that the children of the world's wealthiest nation should not suffer from malnutrition. Still, according to NKH, one in five kids in the U.S. will face hunger this year. This is why NKH has been partnering with America's chefs and restaurants for nearly 30 years to support its cause. It's a natural fit. By the same token, it's rather perverse that Type 2 diabetes, largely the result of obesity, has reached epidemic proportions among children. So it's also about providing healthy food and, if Roberts has his way, a dash of fitness.