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The inaugural Hamilton County Harvest Meals Financial institution Journey bumped into one main roadblock in 2019.

Samantha Simpson and Bob Killmer on the inaugural Hamilton County Harvest Meals Financial institution Journey in 2019. (Submitted photograph)

“We had about 10 riders final yr. I didn’t understand we deliberate the experience for a similar day as Bikes on Meridian,” mentioned Greg McKenzie, one of many occasion’s organizers. “Our promotion was OK, however we didn’t seize many individuals for that very motive.”

There will probably be no such battle when the second Hamilton County Harvest Meals Financial institution Journey begins at 10:30 a.m. Aug. eight at Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis, 12400 Reynolds Dr., Fishers. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Riders will go to meals pantries in Cicero and Sheridan and the Harvest Meals Financial institution in Noblesville. It ends with a meal at Harley-Davidson’s lot.

McKenzie mentioned he’s taking pictures for 50 riders.

“However I’d be blissful if we had 30 riders,” McKenzie mentioned. “I’ve been placing (out) feelers with totally different bike teams.”

McKenzie mentioned if he doesn’t have a experience captain, he’ll most definitely lead the experience.

McKenzie, who lives in north Indianapolis, serves as a co-organizer with Bob Killmer and Mary Lou Finchum, Harvest Meals Financial institution board president. McKenzie and Killmer each served on the Hamilton County Division of MIBOR, or Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors.

McKenzie, who has participated in a number of charity bike rides, runs the Indiana Bike Riders, which has greater than 16,600 followers.

Killmer, a Noblesville resident, mentioned the Harvest Meals Financial institution serves 40 totally different organizations, together with 28 meals pantries, college methods for summer season lunch applications and common lunch applications throughout the college yr.

“Our purpose is to lift consciousness on what a meals financial institution does versus a meals pantry,” Killmer mentioned. “The meals financial institution provides the pantries and totally different organizations.”

Killmer, a Harvest Meals Financial institution board member, mentioned they’re working with 4-H membership individuals who increase hogs and cows at gala’s.

“We’ll bid on the meat, and that will get handed all the way down to meals pantries as effectively,” he mentioned.

Killmer is accountable for the grilling for a meal at midday after the experience. Harley-Davidson is donating a few of the meat.

Value is $25 for a rider and $30 for a rider and passenger. For extra, go to the Hamilton County Harvest Meals Financial institution’s Fb web page.