Feed the Need Bike Tour
Organized by: Tommy Cook
EVENT DATE May 21, 2016
Tommy Cook “Feed the Need” Bike tour Fundraiser
This summer my friend Sam and I will be cycling about 2000 miles down the west coast to support Skyberry Farm on their mission of supplying healthy, organic meals to familes in need. I chose to focus this trip around supporting Skyberry Farm for several reasons.
1. I was amazed and inspired when I heard they were giving away 100% of their produce to people in need.
2. I am passionate about the importance of all families, regardless of socio-economic background, having access to organic, healthy meals that fuel their bodies, spirits and minds.
3. Skyberry is full of expereinced farmers that will know how to fully utilize every penny donated, so it may feed as many families possible.
4. Skyberry will show me and donators exactly where the money is going on the farm, which I will post with pictures and videos. I will also be informed about the number of people their farm feeds for years to come.
Last year Skyberry started its Feed the Need Program to give back to the community and fight food insecurity by donating ALL of their produce to the local hunger relief organizations: New Avenues for Youth, Sisters of the Road, the Outside In, the Linnton Community Center and other. So instead of charging a premium for the food they grow, they've decided to fight for food justice.
-1 in 5 kids in Oregon are go hungry on a regular basis -In its first season Skyberry’s Feed the Need Program contributed food to 33,000 meals served to hungry individuals in the Portland area. This coming season they will be nutrifying their fields while continuing to give back by growing Chickens!
This dietary need costs hunger relief agencies the highest dollar per calorie served, and because of that often exorbitant cost they must use the lowest quality and least sustainable types of meat to feed people in need. This fact is a public health, social health and environmental health tragedy that I and Skyberry Farm want to address.
To make this shift from vegetable production to a protein source like chicken we need to buy new equipment and healthy chicks to raise. Our fundraising goal for this is $3000.
This will cover the hard costs of
-10 large feeders
-10 large waterers
-250 Red Ranger Broiler female chickens
-New chicken coops
-A baby chicken brooder
-Heat lamps -Feed
-Transportation to butcher
-Any Medical needs for Chickens