More than 350 cyclists gathered for the 9th Annual Montclair Bikery Turkey Ride on Sunday, Nov. 22 to raise $44,000 for Human Needs Food Pantry.

Montclair Bikery said in a press release that over the last nine years, the Turkey Ride has collected more than 3300 turkeys and raised more than $200,000 for the Human Needs Food Pantry. This year, 585 turkeys were donated, along with $32,000 in cash , including a match of $10,000 from Partners for Health Foundation.

"Thank you to the Montclair Bikery, the ride co-chairs Linda Sterling and Tami Furman, and all the generous sponsors who made this happen, but especially the riders! The combination of sheer commitment and positive energy was unbelievable as hundreds of cyclists came together to help people in need.  When all the wonderful people who made this happen are gathered around their own tables with their families, they can feel good knowing that hundreds of local families are doing the same because of them" Mike Bruno, the executive director of the Human Needs Food Pantry, said in the press release.

Cyclists rode their bikes from the Montclair Bikery on Valley Road on a flat, circuitous route to the Brookdale ShopRite in Bloomfield, where they each purchased a turkey.  They placed the turkeys in their backpacks and ride them to the Human Needs Food Pantry at 9 Label St. in Montclair, where refrigerated trucks were standing by to hold all the turkey donations until the groceries could be distributed the Monday and Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving.

The cyclists, who had ridden 15 miles at that point, were hosted for a warm-up celebration at Egans & Sons.

The 10th Annual Montclair Bikery Turkey Ride is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. Contact the Montclair Bikery at 973 744-7252 if you would like to get involved.

From left to right, Mike Bruno, executive director of the Human Needs Food Pantry; Pam Scott, executive director of Partners for Health Foundation; Linda Sterling, ride co-chair; Tami Furman, ride co-chair and Montclair Bikery Sales Manager; and Dave Adornato, owner of Montclair Bikery. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR BIKERY)
From left to right, Mike Bruno, executive director of the Human Needs Food Pantry; Pam Scott, executive director of Partners for Health Foundation; Linda Sterling, ride co-chair; Tami Furman, ride co-chair and Montclair Bikery Sales Manager; and Dave Adornato, owner of Montclair Bikery. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR BIKERY)
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A couple of cyclists who participated the 9th Annual Montclair Bikery Turkey Ride. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR BIKERY)
A couple of cyclists who participated the 9th Annual Montclair Bikery Turkey Ride. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR BIKERY)
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Cyclists who participated in the 9th Annual Montclair Bikery Turkey Ride. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR BIKERY)
Cyclists who participated in the 9th Annual Montclair Bikery Turkey Ride. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR BIKERY)
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Cyclist who attended Turkey Ride. From left are Patsy Perl from North Caldwell, Barbara Janulis from New York City, Tami Furman from Rutherford and Brittany Abuhoff from Montclair. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR BIIKERY)
Cyclist who attended Turkey Ride. From left are Patsy Perl from North Caldwell, Barbara Janulis from New York City, Tami Furman from Rutherford and Brittany Abuhoff from Montclair. (COURTESY MONTCLAIR BIIKERY)
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