DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Two chefs from two different restaurants in two counties share one goal - to raise awareness about hunger. They're organizing a joint charity bike ride and it's because neither one of them can stand the idea of people, especially kids, going to bed hungry.
As the wheels spun on his bike, which is a hobby for Chef Jake Reed of Albany Bistro in Decatur, so did the ones in his head about how to help people who don't have enough to eat.
"We see a lot of people that walk by or bicycle by who are not well fed and are looking for more food and sustenance in their life," describes Reed. "So, it clicked with me a few years ago that we needed to give back to those in need since we were benefiting from those who had been blessed."
A few months ago, Cynthia Hart of CynShea's Cafe and Catering in Huntsville got on board.
"It just made sense," says Hart. "I bike as an exercise and I knew we could join the fight and at least bring the awareness around Madison County."
The Chefs Against Hunger initiative highlights an issue that can't be ignored. Reed and Hart share a passion for service and cycling and are combining the two to spread the message that there are people who struggle with hunger.
"This is a real critical issue in our community," says Hart.
"Statistically, about 20% of our children are going to bed hungry every single night," explains Reed. "If each of us are aware of that, I think we can reduce that number drastically."
Two bike rides will happen on Saturday, October 1st. One will take place in Decatur and the other in Huntsville. The proceeds are going to two local charities in Morgan and Madison Counties that provide food assistance - The Volunteer Center of Morgan County and Manna House.
Another goal of the "Chefs Against Hunger" initiative is to open people's eyes. It's one of the many reasons Bicycles Etc. Owner John Price is involved in this effort too.
"I think it's really easy when you're in your own little sphere and don't realize that a lot of people don't have the same opportunities," says Price. "We think it's really important to remind people that they've been very fortunate and there are people who aren't as fortunate as them that need our help."
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