Record amount raised at St. Peter’s Cranksgiving

A crowd gathers to watch rider Angelo Cusumano weigh in at Cranksgiving held Nov. 17 at St. Peter’s Parish. (Joe Cory/Key photo)

By Joe Cory

KANSAS CITY — For the twelfth year in a row, the St. Peter Parish community and the Kansas City cycling community came together to ride their bikes throughout the area purchasing much-needed groceries for the St. Peter’s Social Services Food Pantry.

The annual event which took place on Nov. 17 is the largest food drive for the parish food pantry, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Cranksgiving started in New York City in 1999 by bike messenger “alleycats” and has grown to over 100 independently organized events across the globe. There are no requirements other than to “get food” and “do it on a bike.”

This year’s Cranksgiving event raised a record $1,700 in cash and wheeled in a whopping 14,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, beating last year’s total of 10,000 pounds, which led the nation in total food collected.

Riders competed in teams of eight for the heaviest load, or went solo in the fastest rider category. There was even a kid’s competition featuring a scavenger hunt and prizes.

Upon arrival the riders rolled their bikes up to a new weigh station this year to measure their haul. In previous years, riders would have to unload their canned goods in increments on normal scales; A highly choregraphed bucket-brigade type process that required many volunteers.

The new scale system, designed by parishioner Justin Stanley of Fairbanks Scales, streamlined the weigh-in process, enabling each rider’s entire load to be weighed at once. It also provided a nice spectacle for the heaviest load contest.

Riders then enjoyed chili, beer and music with door prizes provided by local sponsors and the Knights of Columbus Council 13988.

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September 26, 2020
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