Biker Caravan Brings Food to Needy Families

SPARKS, Nev. - Northern Nevada is used to seeing groups of motorcyclists coming into town for conventions. But there's a unique group of bikers here this week, and they brought with them more than revving engines.

Each year, the Star Touring and Riding Association hosts a week-long reunion for its members. That reunion is being held in Reno this year.

But the group wants to make sure they help each community they visit.

So on Wednesday morning, hundreds of bikers were escorted by police as they made their way from John Ascuaga's Nugget to the Salvation Army on Oddie Boulevard. There, they delivered two truckloads of donations from the Feed the Children organization.

Blaine Inman, a rider who traveled from Washington, says the best part of the week is making the donation drop.

"You have organizations that say they do things," he said. "We come out and we actually do it. People think bikers are a bad thing. We're not all bad."

The group partners with Feed the Children every year to help make sure families in need have food to put on their tables.

"They're really one of our most loyal partners," Tanya Roloff said. She is a spokeswoman for Feed the Children.

"They really believe in helping America and helping hungry children in America."

The two trucks each held four hundred boxes of non-perishable food items, as well as other household necessities such as toilet paper and bleach.

The trucks were unloaded and handed out to grateful families waiting patiently with their vouchers from the Salvation Army.

Cheryl Pitchford says she is thankful for the donation. She is a single mom of three and struggles to make ends meet.

"We really need it," she said. "My food stamps were delayed so we'll take anything we can get."

Each truck costs anywhere from $8,000 to $9,000. All the money was raised by each individual chapter of the Star Touring and Riding Association.

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