The ride (formerly known as U-Ride) has been taken over this year by the Voluntary Action Center, and the proceeds from the ride will go toward the VAC’s Community Kitchen project.
The Hunger Ride will be held on April 30 at Gordon Central High School in conjunction with More Than A Taste of Calhoun, which is sponsored by the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce.
More Than A Taste of Calhoun is set to take place in downtown Calhoun from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the day of the ride, according to the chamber.
According to Stacy Long, VAC director, the VAC is currently accepting sponsors for the event and hope to raise several thousand dollars toward the construction of the kitchen.
Sponsors will be able to set-up a booth at GCHS the day of the ride to hand out flyers and other information to attendees of the event.
Last year’s U-Ride sponsored by Gordon County’s United Way had 95 cyclists from around the country and raised money for the 19 United Way agencies in Gordon County.
The first U-Ride event took place in 2008.
Those wishing to become a Hunger Ride sponsor may contact the VAC by calling (706) 629-7283.
“Our Fight Against Hunger has really just begun and we will continue to push forward with the Kitchen until we’re serving meals to our neighbors Monday through Friday each week of the month,” said Long.
In its sixth year in Calhoun, More Than A Taste of Calhoun is sponsored by Mohawk Industries, the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Development Authority and Alpha Delta Kappa.
Taste will feature local vendors with food, arts and crafts.
The chamber is currently accepting vendors for this event, and booth space is available on a first come, first serve basis. According to the chamber, returning food vendors will be guaranteed a space if requested in advance, and vendors may keep all the proceeds from their sales.
The fee for food vendors is $50 and the non-vendor fee is $25 until April 1. After April 1 the fee increases to $35.
For more information about this event, contact Sue Ellen Thomas at (706) 625-3200 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kitchen is currently still in the planning phase, according to Long, which includes and ironing out building code and health department requirements. The VAC is hoping to secure a contractor for the project by the end of February, she said.
VAC officials are still in the process of submitting the paperwork for a grant which would provide the building materials and part of the labor for the project. According to Long, the staff is working to ensure that the process is done accurately and efficiently in the most cost effective way possible.
“We are committed to the Community Kitchen and want more than anything to get the kitchen open to alleviate some of the issues our neighbors in Gordon County face each day,” she said.