Cranksgiving 2021

Thank you to everyone who came out to this event! There was an amazing turnout.

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November 21, 11A-2P

Rain date: November 28, 11A-2P


What is this?

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part madcap scavenger hunt. All you need is a bicycle, a lock and a bag! This event is FREE, but you’ll need $15-$20 to purchase food. Donations will support Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Bike out to Edge of the Woods and Stop and Shop to pick up non-perishables that will support DESK Cranksgiving is a national event that occurs in over 100 cities across the United States and Canada. Visit for more locations.

The ride

The easiest way to stick to the planned route is to group up and follow someone with a bike computer.

The route (download or navigate on phone, preferred method):

Healthy Foods Donation List


Canned fruit (in 100% fruit juice or water)
Applesauce, unsweetened
Dried fruit (such as raisins & prunes
100% fruit juice


Canned vegetables, no salt added (sodium 140mg or less)
Canned tomatoes, no salt added (Sodium 140mg or less)
Tomato sauce, no salt added (Sodium 480mg or less, Sugar 8g or less)
Spaghetti sauce, low sodium (Sodium 480mg or less, Sugar 8g or less)
Salsa (Sodium 140mg or less)

Combination Foods:

Soups, stews or chili (Sodium 480mg or less)
Granola bars, chips
Broth or stock, unsalted, (Sodium 140mg or less)


Tea bags
Water, seltzer, unsweetened


Cat and cog food (canned, small bags of dry, or large bags with 1-gallon zip-lock bags)

Whole Grains:

Brown rice, wild rice or quinoa
Whole grain or whole wheat pasta
Oatmeal or whole grain cream of wheat, unflavored
Whole grain crackers (Fiber 3g or more)
Whole wheat or corn tortillas, non-refrigerated (Fiber 3g or more)
Whole grain cereal (Sugar 6g or less, Fiber 3g or more)
Popcorn, kernels or microwave 94% fat free


Canned beans, peas, lentils, no salt added or low sodium (Sodium 140mg or less)
Shelf stable boxed tofu
Dried beans, peas, lentils
Canned tuna, salmon, chicken or sardines in water, low sodium
Peanut butter
Nuts or seeds, unsalted

Condiments & Oils:

Lite salad dressings
Vegetable, olive, or canola oil
Dried herbs and spices (oregano, basil, cumin, chili powder, paprika)
100% fruit spread
Garlic (granulated, powdered, or mixed)

A Word

Thank you to everyone at DESK CT! DESK’s mission: “To serve people experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.”