Miles for Meals was a two man self-supported 4,262 mile bicycle ride from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia. From July to August 2010, David Drabkin and Elliot Singer pedaled across the United States of America to raise awareness about the domestic hunger epidemic.
THE MISSION On the surface, America is a land of abundance. Shockingly, at any given moment, one in six Americans can’t find enough food to fill their plates. This voyage was intended to highlight social inequities and expose the modern face of hunger across our continent. The objective was to draw attention to communities in need and donate funds to alleviate hunger throughout America.
THE ROUTE The TransAmerica Trail was developed in 1976 to celebrate America’s 200th birthday. Traversing ten states and 116 counties, the Bikecentennial showcased our country’s natural splendor and historical glory. Today, this classic bicycle route is still the gold standard of American expressways.
THE RIDERS David and Elliot first met as hardworking employees at Cornell University’s only student-run coffee shop, the Green Dragon Cafe. They eventually became housemates and co-managed Cornell’s most important hangout, feeding and caffeinating nearly all of Ithaca, NY.
David (’07, Philosophy and Government) was born and raised in San Mateo, CA. His first taste of agriculture came from a summer of shoveling cow pies on a faraway farm. After graduating, his interest in America’s food industry led him to the sole certified organic handler on the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market. As Project Manager and Sales Associate at Earl’s Organic Produce, David distributed truckloads of fresh fruits and vegetables to retailers across North America. As a board member of the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association, he recently paved the way for a certified farmers’ market in the Upper Haight neighborhood, and has led an investigation into school lunch programs with the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury. David’s passion as a first-generation American has already fueled several cross-country expeditions by car and rail.
Elliot (’08, Anthropology) was born in East Setauket, NY and raised in Pepper Pike, OH. After graduating from Orange High School in 2004, he attended Cornell University and wrote a senior thesis about Russian Jewish immigrant populations in Germany. After falling in love with the city of New Orleans while volunteering there in January 2008, Elliot joined Teach For America where he taught 2nd grade at Einstein Charter School in the 2008-2009 school year and 1st grade at Langston Hughes Academy in 2009-2010. After taking a year to volunteer and travel across the United States and through Central and South America, Elliot will return to his beloved New Orleans and begin a new chapter in his life as a Tulane Law School student.
N.B. Jonathan Mahler (’08, Religious Studies) cycled with the Miles for Meals team from Astoria, OR to Rawlins, WY. He detoured off route to visit family and explore full-time residence in Boulder, CO.
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