Breaking the cycle of hunger: The Hunger Ride 2020

The Hunger Ride returned to Victoria’s High Country on Saturday 28 November with Foodbank Victoria Ambassador, Hamish Blake, leading the pack.

With demand for food relief increasing, the 172km corporate cycle challenge raises critical funds to feed vulnerable Victorian children and their families.

Riders from corporate teams including Peters Ice Cream, Port of Melbourne, Westgate Tunnel Project, Asahi Beverages, NEC, GT &JA Jones Engineering joined Foodbank Victoria and event sponsor Montague CROC EGGS™ Australian Plums to take on the challenge – collectively raising more than $120,000 for those in need.

Also donning the lycra was Hunger Ride ambassador and 2003 Tour de France green jersey winner, Baden Cooke; AFL sporting legend, Max Gawn; and renowned cyclist commentator, Matthew Keenan.

“Signing up to a 172km bike ride seems a strange thing to do when you haven’t been allowed to ride more than 5kms from home for the last few months, but the Hunger Ride isn’t any old bike ride. It’s one of the main fundraising events for Foodbank Victoria who have been incredible helping people in this especially tough year,” said Hamish Blake, Foodbank Victoria ambassador.

Departing Beechworth, the route includes a difficult climb over Mt Buffalo and Mt Stanley, traversing the beautiful yet challenging terrain of North East Victoria.

“After a devasting year, we know now more than ever Victorians are in need. Many hardworking families are finding themselves in a position they never anticipated, unable to put food on the table. Although we’re currently working to provide 1.2 million meals monthly to Victorians in need, demand continues to outstrip supply,” said Dave McNamara, Foodbank Victoria CEO.

“It’s a tough and challenging ride, but every kilometre will help us raise much needed funds. We’re able to turn every dollar donated into two meals for struggling Victorians and their families,” Mr McNamara continued.

While the event was a huge success, our work is far from done. That’s why we’re gearing up for the Recovery Ride in April 2021 – a brand new, family-friendly cycling event through East Gippsland’s historic rail trails. You can read more about the event here!