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This past weekend in our Vancouver studios, we came together as a community to RIDE in support of Backpack Buddies.

Rooted in family, community, and empathy, Backpack Buddies is a grassroots organization with a big vision. Backpack Buddies gives hungry B.C. children one less thing to worry about. Through their program, last year they delivered 49,000 backpacks of food to children across British Columbia who would otherwise have not eaten for the weekend. One backpack supplies a child with 9 meals, fresh fruit, and snacks for a weekend.

When schools closed in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the weekend hunger gap became a 7-day hunger gap, with the needs of vulnerable families across B.C. increasing. More than 2,000 children received bags of food from Backpack Buddies every week from April to June, and the organization has increased its reach by more than 50%. This fall, they are determined to reach 3,000 hungry kids every week, with plans to reach 5,000 by December.

Through our RIDE’s this past weekend, we were able to fill 90 backpacks! We want to thank all of you who joined us, and our amazing instructor team (Molly, Tyler, and Sara) who donated their time.

If you would like more information on how you can support Backpack Buddies, click here.