Our impact in the community
How our volunteers are using their bikes to make a positive difference in their community since May 2020:
Updated July 2022
Since May 2020 we rode out into our communities
5,070 times and collectively we carried valuable food and school supplies more than
15,752 miles all on our bike. Our average miles traveled when making our deliveries or pickups was 2.5 miles.
We biked more than 169 tons of food and personal care items out to more than
14,973 of our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity from the White Center Food Bank, the Byrd Barr Place Food Bank, University District Food Bank, El Centro De La Raza Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, Mary's Place, P-Patch Community Gardens, and Alleycat Acres.
We rescued more than
113,122 pounds of food from local grocery stores for the Byrd Barr Place Food Bank and the University District Food Bank, all by bike. Much of that rescued food (especially the bread) was immediately used to make no-cook meals for people without a kitchen and our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.
We made these difficult times just a little easier for 356 elementary school students by delivering school supplies and books to their homes for their students from Graham Hill Elementary and Beacon Hill International Elementary. For the majority of the school families it would have been prohibitively difficult to pick the books and supplies up from the schools themselves due to work schedules and transportation barriers.
Through our 3 weekly Little Free Pantry restocking rides in Central, and North Seattle we are able to fully restock more than 40 neighborhood free pantries and community fridges. These Little Free Pantries and Community Fridges offer a zero-barrier emergency access point to food and help fill the gaps in the community support system.
By doing this all by bike rather than by car or truck we kept more than 8.6 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.
All of this community support by bike would not have been possible without you and your week-to-week continued pedaling support and the wonderful help of our volunteer leaders, the staff at our partner food banks, The Common Acre, The Little Free Pantries, Seattle P-Patch Community Gardening and our other partner organizations!