Cyclists Race to Collect Thousands of Pounds of Food on Their Bicycles
San Francisco, CA (November 2, 2023) – Supermarket Street Sweep will be off to the races for their 16th annual bike race to benefit the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank this Saturday. The race will start at Cupid’s Span on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. From there racers will ride off on independent routes to collect food from grocery stores throughout San Francisco to donate to the Food Bank. The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank warehouse will be a one-stop shop for both the race finish and the after party.
This annual bike race has brought in 131,954 pounds of food since it first started. During the last race, racers brought in 2,500 lbs. of food on their bicycles and raised enough money to purchase food for 4,600 meals.
“The Street Sweep is amazing – it supports community, promotes bikes as workhorses, and is just downright fun. We were thrilled to bring the event back after the pandemic, and we are so excited to hit the streets again,” says Bicycle Law’s Miles Cooper.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
- 12:00p.m. – Riders begin Sweep at Cupid’s Span at Folsom and Embarcadero
- 1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – riders begin to arrive back at the Food Bank (900 Pennsylvania Ave., San Francisco)
- 4:00p.m. – Sweep cutoff. Riders check in at Food Bank. Afterparty
- 4:00 pm. – 6:30 PM – After party and awards
*Press are welcome at the starting line during check-in before the start of the race or at the finish line. Food Bank and Bicycle Law spokespeople will be available at the finish line between 3-4 p.m.*
- Start: Cupid’s Span at Folsom and Embarcadero
- Finish: San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave., San Francisco, CA
SPOKESPERSON AVAILABLITY: Miles Cooper, Partner at Bicycle Law, Supermarket Street Sweep; and Katy Mann McKnight, director of community engagement, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank will be available at the finish line at 900 Pennsylvania Ave. between 3-4 p.m.
PHOTO/B-ROLL OPPORTUNITIES: racers at the start of the race; cyclists taking off at race start; cyclists arriving at the finish with donated food; unloading of donated food; general warehouse activity; after party
ON-SITE MEDIA CONTACT: Keely Hopkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, (415) 792-8346
ABOUT THE FOOD BANK
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where even before the pandemic, one in five neighbors was at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone has access to nutritious food of their choosing and is uplifted by a network of support. Together with community partners, we work to address hunger head-on through neighborhood food pantries, CalFresh enrollment, home-delivered groceries, and policy and advocacy efforts. We work with our community to create lasting solutions to address both the hunger we see today and the root causes that perpetuate food insecurity in our society. Every week, 56,000 households count on us for food assistance. 60% of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables. Visit sfmfoodbank.org to learn more.
ABOUT BICYCLE LAW
We believe bicycles and e-bicycles are the best way to better our world.
From reducing emissions and footprints to increasing our personal health and connectedness to our community, bikes are the key. Our goal is to get more butts on bikes by making it safe and easy for everyone.