ELCA World Hunger, Team Hunger Ride

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Members of the Western North Dakota Synod are bicycling to fight world hunger.

Hannah Davis visited the group to find out how bicycling helps their cause.
Over the course of three days, seven bicyclists are pedaling over one hundred miles across a portion of North Dakota.
“We ride roughly 110, 120 miles, either to Minot or to Bismarck and raise awareness for the World Hunger program.” said Erin Gullickson, Minister at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Max.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America created the program to provide money and food to the hungry, not only across the world, but within the U.S. as well.
This is the second year team Hunger Ride has bicycled for the cause.
“Last year we raised over thirty-five thousand dollars, just online and throughout various donations.” said Erin Gullickson, Minister at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Max.
World hunger is a major issue, and local food pantries are looking to combat the problem, because it’s closer than you might realize.
“You know, these people tend to be kind of invisible, and we don’t know how hungry they are. But when you visit the food pantry and you see the local people coming into the food pantry, and getting the food because they just don’t have enough to eat.” said Vanvechten Crane, Reverend at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Riverdale.
“It’s an extremely important thing these days, with so many refugees and the trauma in the world.” said Vanvechten Crane, Reverend at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Riverdale.
With three days of bicycling, the team has had time to reflect on why they are doing this.
“We go through these small towns, and we actually see some of the food gathering that the different churches do for local hunger.” said Vanvechten Crane, Reverend at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Riverdale.
The ride is just one way you can raise money for the hungry.
“This isn’t the only opportunity to donate. There are always a variety of ways. People do 5ks, and -and other fundraisers, just to raise awareness and money for it.” said Erin Gullickson, Minister at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Max.
Every little bit helps bring us one step closer to ending world hunger.
Reporting from Highway 2 near Denbigh, Hannah Davis, KX News.
Tomorrow, the bicyclists will complete their journey at the Grand Hotel in Minot.
Click here to donate to Team Hunger Ride for the ECLA World Hunger program.
 

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