Fifth grader Maggie Reid pedals 85 miles, raises $4,000 for Feeding Westchester

Maggie Reid

Maggie Reid, an 11-year-old fifth grader at Colonial School, biked 85 miles with her father to raise more than $4,000 for Feeding Westchester over the Memorial Day weekend. They made that long run in cold, pouring rain.

Maggie and her father Alex Reid decided to raise money for Feeding Westchester to help those impacted by the pandemic. The two trained for their bike ride for a few weeks in order to build stamina and prepare for the long ride ahead. Preparing also allowed them to spend more time together.

The duo started the trip in Norwalk, Conn., and finished in Salisbury, Conn., riding over three days to complete the distance. They raised the $4,000 via GoFundMe, which will provide Feeding Westchester with more than 12,000 meals. 

“It was pouring the entire weekend, and it was super cold,” Maggie Reid said. Her grandmother brought them tea and rain gear when they would take breaks on the route in order to brave the cold weather. “I really enjoyed it,” she said, and mentioned the possibility of making the ride an annual event to raise more money for Feeding Westchester.

Photos of the ride can be found on their Instagram: @_maggie_reid_

Feeding Westchester collects and donates food and other items to towns across Westchester and is a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks serving every state in the U.S.