Cranksgiving 2023

Cranksgiving is a food drive for charity on two wheels. Part bike ride, part scavenger hunt. All you need is a bicycle, a lock and a bag!

Cranksgiving New Haven will be taking place November 12.

Please plan to arrive at 11 AM.

The group will leave from the New Haven Green (flagpole) at 11:15 AM and people should try to be back at DESK by 1:30 PM. There will be volunteers at DESK around until 2 PM.

The full route is posted here

route graphic

Please join the Signal group so you can get push notifications about the event, any important information will also be published to the website.

Joining the signal group will also give us a good idea for the turnout and it will help us out a lot with organizing.

This event is FREE, but you’ll need $30-$40 to purchase food. Donations will support Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.

Bike out to nearby grocery stores 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.

A link will be provided which can be opened on mobile devices and a cue sheet will also be available.

Route will be provided publicly the night before the event.

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)


Thank you to all the volunteers that came out in 2021.

Thank you to the volunteers and organizers at DESK CT.

We would also like to remember, in loving memory, a volunteer and member of the volunteering community, Martin, and keep his family in our hearts this year.