Mark Wiewel, the President & CEO of the Western Catholic Union, is zeroing in on raising a quarter of a million dollars with his "Bike for Food" fundraising ride. In the previous nine years, Wiewel has raised $203-thousand for food pantries in Quincy, Alton, Hannibal, Palmyra, Canton and Ft. Madison.

The 10th Annual "Bike for Food" bicycle ride, which raised $37,000 last year alone, will begin this Sunday, July 19 in Northern Iowa.  Wiewel and his five children will begin pedaling on their recumbent bicycles in Souix City and end up in Davenport, Iowa on Saturday, July 25. The race is called the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa or "RAGBRAI" and it will cover over 478 miles in seven days.

Wiewel hopes to get people to donate per mile with the Western Catholic Union matching donations up to $500 for each food pantry involved (see list below).  To contact Mark to make a donation dial 242-5035 or email him at mwiewel@wculife.org.

Quincy Pantries:

Quincy Catholic Charities

Madonna House

Quincy Salvation Army

Ladies of Charity

Quanada

St. Francis

Horizon

GPS Ministries

Alton Pantry:

Alton Catholic Charities

Hannibal Pantry:

Douglas Community Center

Palmyra Pantry:

Palmyra Food Pantry

Canton Pantry:

Canton Council of Churches

Ft. Madison Pantry:

Ft. Madison Food Pantry