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Local Bikers Raise Thousands for Food Bank

submitted by the Artisan Group

Two Artisan Group (premier network of stone fabricators) members Don Hinckley, owner of NBC Solid Surfaces and Jon Lancto, owner of Surface Products, rode in the Harpoon Point to Point bike ride to benefit the Vermont Foodbank.

Team NBC Solid Surfaces/Black River Produce includes JerryBremer, Mark Curran, co-owner Black River produce, Don Hinckley and Jon Lancto who all raised more than $5,000! The 8th Annual Harpoon Point to Point, Saturday, August 15, 2009, was a day of bicycle rides across the state of Vermont to benefit the Vermont Foodbank.

"I am proud to help the less fortunate in Vermont and happy to have had one of my fellow Artisan Group members join me in this challenging endeavor," says Hinckley.

A collaborative effort by the Vermont Foodbank, the Harpoon Brewery, and The Point Radio Network, this ride was established to raise awareness and funds for the Vermont Foodbank and its efforts to end hunger in Vermont. Last year's event raised over $47,000- making it the largest one day fundraising event to date. This enabled the Vermont Foodbank to provide over 141,000 pounds of food, or approximately 108,461 meals to Vermonters in need.

The Vermont Foodbank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The mission of the Vermont Foodbank is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships that will end hunger in Vermont. Last year, the Vermont Foodbank served 66,200 people suffering from or at risk for hunger by distributing nearly 6.5 million pounds of food. Our central activites are food collection and distribution to 270 member agencies (food shelves, soup kitchens, and feeding sites). This distribution is a proactive and labor-intensive process using the time and talent of 30 full-time workers as well as thousands of volunteers. Food is collected from various sources, including grocers, farmers, restaurants, cafeterias and other resources. All of this food must be sorted, stored, and channeled to our member agencies.

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