"Ride for the Feast" fundraiser raises critical funds for Moveable Feast

You could say it was love at first sight for Elene Cervantes Del Toro when she did a brief rotation at Moveable Feast during an internship.

"During my time here, I really fell in love with the clients as well as the staff," she said. "I felt like the things that they were doing here were meaningful."

She is now part of the team as a community dietitian and she's quickly proving her dedication to Moveable Feast's clients by taking part in the Ride for the Feast fundraiser. Its a 140 mile, two-day bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore.

"I thought it sounded like a really great way for me to challenge myself physically, which is something I'm always looking for, as well as giving back to the community."

To participate in the ride, each rider must raise a minimum of $1,500.

"The $1,500 is what it takes for us to feed somebody for about the course of the year," said Christian Metzger, the executive director of Moveable Feast.

Moveable Feast feeds thousands of people throughout 14 counties and Baltimore City who are fighting life-threatening illnesses like cancer and AIDS.

"Unfortunately, many of the folks who we serve don't have a support system and that's one of the reasons they need our services," said Metzger.

They serve up to 700,000 medically-tailored meals a year and they're looking to expand their services to people who have renal, kidney and cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes.

"Not only is the food helping you heal, but the care, the love that we give to each and every one of our clients is a really important piece to the recovery and quality of life," he said.

Donations are still being accepted to help the riders reach their fundraising goal. Click here to make a donation to a specific rider or a team.

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