FREDERICKSBURG - You don't have to be an expert cyclist to take part in the week-long Bike Out Hunger event. Our youngest rider this year, Gertie Kate Adair, is only seven years old.
Gertie Kate is from Dripping Springs and she is a proud supporter of her dad, Ben. Last year, when Ben spent the week riding with Bike Out Hunger, Gertie Kate decided that she wanted to join her dad for his next ride.
"I've been waiting a whole year for this," she said. When asked why, she said she really likes to ride her bike and spend time with her dad, and she wanted to help.
She rode 9.42 miles today, right alongside Ben. It was hot and there were challenging hills, but to Gertie Kate, it was worth it. She even encouraged other kids to join her next year. "Come ride with Bike Out Hunger and feed hungry people," she said.
Children just like Gertie Kate across the state of Texas are known as "food insecure." The USDA defines food insecurity as meaning "consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year." In Fredericksburg alone, 2,890 people experience food insecurity.
This is why we ride - to help end the cycle of hunger and poverty experienced by thousands around our state. All money donated to Bike Out Hunger goes directly to support the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. Last year, the Hunger Offering raised $950,000 to support 180 ministries worldwide.
Our 38 adult riders just completed day 1, traveling 79.5 miles from Boerne to Kerrville to Fredericksburg. With each mile, they are hoping to change the impact of food insecurity across Texas and around the world.
There are several ways you can help:
- Sponsor a rider or give to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering
- Pray for those experiencing hunger around the world
- Host a Mother's Day Hunger Offering in your church this Sunday
- Spread the word about Bike Out Hunger
- Start training and join us next year for Bike Out Hunger 2015
- Host a regional Bike Out Hunger event in your area