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Cranksgiving 2021 Iowa City

November 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


A Food Drive on Two Wheels! All donations go to the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank and Table to Table! Check out our Freelance page to learn of alternative ways you can contribute to the charities in lieu of Covid.

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels: part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. It’s been held annually in New York City since 1999. Every year, throughout the country, Cranksgiving events help provide thousands of needy families with a wealth of food during the week of Thanksgiving. This will be Iowa City’s 3rd Year in joining this national movement!

Come join your cycling friends on Saturday, November 20th (Rain date: Sunday, November 21st) at Pepperwood Plaza (home to CommUnity and Table to Table’s operations) in Iowa City. Register online or on-site at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event. The official start will be 11:00 a.m. All of the items collected during the event will go to the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank and to Table to Table in Iowa City.

Bring your bike, a helmet, a bag, a lock, your internal GPS, and around $20 to buy food and/or other necessities. You’ll be provided with a manifest listing various items to buy from specific grocery stores around town, as well as some optional destinations of your choosing. Take the time before the official start to plan and strategize your route, or just wing it if you wish.

At 11 a.m., or when everyone’s ready, we’ll blow the starting whistle and it’ll be up to you to reach as many ‘checkpoints’ as possible and to grab the items off the list. Don’t forget your receipt(s) as they will be needed to tally your items at the end! There may be a prize drawing at the end for those who finish. You don’t *have* to race, you can go at your own pace as you like – just remember to return to Pepperwood Plaza by 2:00 p.m. with whatever you were able to acquire.

Afterwards, feel free to head on over to Big Grove Brewery (1225 S Gilbert St) to socialize and mingle at the establishment in celebration of your charitable good!

Have questions about the event? Contact the event manager, Nick Maddix, at nicholas.s.maddix@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for supporting Cranksgiving in Iowa City!


November 20, 2021
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Cranksgiving Iowa City
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Pepperwood Plaza
1045 Highway 6 East
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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