Ocean City Today

Annual Ride for the Feast kicks off in Ocean City, Sat.

By Kara Hallissey | May 10, 2018
Courtesy of: Marisa Dobson About 200 cyclists are slated to take the 140-mile journey from Ocean City to Baltimore City this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, during Ride for the Feast.

(May 11, 2018) About 200 cyclists will take the 140-mile journey from Ocean City to Baltimore City this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13.

The 16th annual event is the largest fundraiser for Moveable Feast, a nonprofit organization that provides meals for people living with HIV, AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

“The ride is symbolic – each rider agrees to raise a minimum of $1,500, which is equivalent to the cost for Moveable Feast to feed one client for an entire year,” said Samantha Flottemesch, the director of development for Moveable Feast. “The 140 miles symbolizes the furthest distance we go to deliver to a client.”

On Saturday morning, riders will start from the Ocean City Boardwalk on 24th Street and head 100 miles across the backroads of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with a rest stop at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, before ending the day at Talbot County Community Center in Easton.

The second part of the journey begins on Sunday morning with riders taking a bus over the Bay Bridge. The 40-mile trek starts from Broadneck Park in Annapolis, heads along the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail and includes the Baltimore-Washington International Trail before they arrive in Baltimore City.

Riders will finish at the Maryland Science Center, located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and wait for all participants to arrive. After a group photo is taken around 3 p.m., participants will leave as a group and cycle across Baltimore City to Moveable Feast headquarters in East Baltimore for a volunteer awards luncheon.

Participants range in age from 12 to 65 years old and many have lost friends or family to HIV, AIDS or cancer.

Since its inception, Ride for the Feast has generated more than $5.7 million for services to Moveable Feast clients.

“We have an extraordinary group of cyclists, volunteers and donors who come together to support Moveable Feast through this event,” Flottemesch said.

Last year, 200 riders helped raise $787,281 during the event. The goal is to raise $800,000 in 2018.

Each of the 200 participants this year has pledged to raise a minimum of $1,500, which is the cost for Moveable Feast to feed one client for an entire year with nutritious meals. In addition, there will be motorcycle safety escort volunteers helping throughout the route.

“Not only have the riders agreed to ride 140 miles over two days, but the volunteers also commit to spending the entire weekend supporting these folks,” Flottemesch said.

Every dollar raised during the event will directly benefit Moveable Feast clients impacted by a life-threatening disease who cannot afford, access or prepare medically appropriate meals for themselves. Sponsors are responsible for covering all expenses associated with the ride to make sure all funds generated go directly to helping local clients in Maryland.

“This wouldn’t be possible without our amazing donors,” Flottemesch said. “We cannot thank all of these folks enough for their unfailing support of Moveable Feast and the work we’re doing across the state of Maryland.”

Ride for Feast originally started in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The route was changed to Ocean City in its 10th year.

Ocean City is the furthest distance Moveable Feast serves from its commercial kitchen in Baltimore. Employees travel through all towns on the Eastern Shore, Annapolis and the southwest part of Baltimore.

In 2017, Moveable Feast served more than 5,000 people and delivered more than 800,000 meals including 45,000 bags of produce to clients, Flottemesch said.

Ride for the Feast was based on AIDS rides that occur across the country and a longtime supporter of Moveable Feast, David Andrews, started the event more than a decade ago.

Moveable Feast has been the sole provider of free medically appropriate meals for people with life-threatening illnesses in Baltimore, the surrounding five counties and the Eastern Shore of Maryland for close to three decades.

Registration for the event closed a couple weeks ago, but donations to Moveable Feast can be made at any time by visiting its website at www.rideforthefeast.org or call 410-327-3420 for more information.

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