SOUDERTON — Each year, it gets bigger.
In 2018, about 45 people took part in the first Scooter's Bike Shop Cranksgiving Bike Ride and Food Drive.
Last year, that doubled to about 90.
Which brings us to this year's Nov. 14 ride.
"This year was very, very successful. We had over 140 riders," Brian Goshow, who is one of the riders in the annual event and Souderton Borough Council president, told borough council at its Nov. 16 work session meeting.
The amount of food the bicyclists brought in to the Keystone Opportunity Center food pantry also set a new record.
"Wow, 6200 lbs. — awesome!" Cindy Dembrosky, the food pantry manager, wrote in an email to organizers.
"Cranksgiving helped to fill the shelves in the pantry and the Lord blessed us with perfect weather for the day too. Everyone who donated helped to provide food for those in need in our Souderton School District. Just in the past 2 weeks, we have seen the numbers of households we serve increase so your donations came just in time!" Dembrosky wrote. "In October, we served 190 households which helps about 470 individuals but I can already tell that in November, we will probably be back up to about 250 households."
Each month, the food pantry distributes about 22,500 pounds of canned foods, dairy products and meats, she wrote.
Cranksgiving riders have a choice of three routes from the Souderton Community Park starting place — a five mile family route or 20 or 30 mile rides. Along the way, the cyclists stop at the Landis Supermarkets in Telford or Vernfield, or both, to purchase items for the Keystone food pantry.
This year, course marshals were added for the five mile family route, where the youngest rider was four, Goshow said.
"The cyclists ranged in age from 4 to 76 and came from as far as Philadelphia, Mullica Hill and Stillwater, NJ," a release said. "Temperatures were a bit more comfortable than in past years, but increasing winds made for a challenging ride."
Following the ride, the bicyclists returned to Souderton for a free lunch provided by Xinantecatl Authentic Mexican Restaurant.
Bergey's Auto Dealerships and Integrated Security Systems of Harleysville presented this year's Cranksgiving, with additional support by Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, Bergman Engineering, Phelps Insurance, A.M. Goshow & Son, NovaCare of Harleysville, Delaware Valley Family Business Center, Moyer Indoor/Outdoor, Verizon Wireless and Scooter's Bike Shop.
There were dedicated shopping lines at the grocery stores for the riders and volunteers from Bergey's, Suburban Cyclists Unlimited and Moyer Indoor/Outdoor boxed up and delivered the items to the Keystone pantry, the release said.
Souderton and Telford police departments, along with Ainsley's Angels and the Souderton Area High School Interact Club, sponsored by Souderton-Telford Rotary, helped with the five mile family ride.