Baton Rouge bicyclists pushed their pedals to the pavement in an effort to donate food to those in need this holiday season on Saturday. 

The fourth annual Cranksgiving event was held on November 17 at City-Brooks Park. 

According to organizers, participants received a map, a shopping list, and a list of grocery stores.

They then rode to each store before returning with their goods, which will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Prizes were given to both top and bottom finishers in various categories.

“We believe that there’s no better way to get around Baton Rouge than on a bicycle,” said Mika Torkkola, Bike Baton Rouge Vice President.

“Cranksgiving is a great way to show people how easy it is, all while contributing towards a great cause.” 

Cranksgiving combines aspects of a scavenger hunt and a food drive and first originated in New York City in 19999. The event is now held in eighty cities across the United States. 

We’re told last year’s Cranksgiving saw over four hundred pounds of food donated to the food bank by nearly a hundred participants.