On June 12 through June 17 Mark Wiewel, his daughter Caroline and family friend Gabe Vanderbol will pedal their bikes approximately 300 miles in 6-days in the 14th Annual Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour sponsored by Ride Illinois. The 6-day bicycle tour begins on July 12th in Coal City, IL near Joliet with overnight stops in Ogelsby, Washington, Bloomington-Normal and Pontiac before returning to Coal City on June 17.

Mark personally will be pedaling his recumbent “recliner on wheels” bicycle 2,400 miles in 2016 to support food pantries and help raise $112,000 in donations for twelve area food pantries in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

This year Mark Wiewel his continuing the "11th Annual Bike for Food Pantries” fund raiser independently and Mark will personally match a portion of the total donations received by each of the 12 Bike for Food Pantries in 2016 that are marked with the word ‘BIKE” on their donation.

Since 2006, Bike for Food Pantries has raised over $321,000 for food pantries in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. The 2015 Bike for Food Pantries raised $111,000 for food pantries in Quincy, Hannibal, Palmyra, Canton, Missouri and Ft. Madison, Iowa.

If you have any questions about Bike for Food Pantries, contact Mark Wiewel at 217-242-5035 or email him at mwiewel521@gmail.com. Donations made to food pantries are tax deductible.