Some Street Sweep racers who braved the rain.
Food insecurity has increased nationwide since the start of the pandemic, and has more than doubled in California. Hunger and food insecurity affect tens of thousands of San Francisco residents and wealthy Bay Area counties have the state’s highest levels of income inequality. Much of the poverty here is racialized and disproportionately affects people of color. The city’s Food Security Task Force (part of the Department of Public Health) reports that the number of San Francisco residents receiving assistance from CalFresh and the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of meals provided to seniors and adults with disabilities through the Department of Aging and Disability Services has also increased dramatically. All of this highlights the need for more action addressing hunger and poverty in our own backyard.
The Supermarket Street Sweep was created by Jenny Oh in 2006 and was inspired by a similar event in New York City called the Cranksgiving Race. The name is a play on a television game show called “Supermarket Sweep.” That first race in 2006 saw 80 cyclists bring in 1,172 lbs. of food. Attendance grew in subsequent years and by 2009 nearly 200 racers brought in more than 7,500 lbs. of food. The original team, including Jenny Oh, Mike Skolnick, and a host of repeat volunteers, helped make the 2023 reboot a success. Bicycle Law looks forward to continuing to sponsor this event that electrifies the cycling community and provides resources to those most in need.
To date, the Street Sweep has donated nearly 100,000 pounds of food and over $100,000 to the food bank.
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