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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 1, 2011

Cycling team to stop in Maryville to raise awareness of poverty, support local food drive

MARYVILLE, Mo. - A team of 25 bicyclists will be passing through Maryville as part of a 500-mile, seven-day ride to bring attention to the families in Missouri living in poverty. In support of the Cycling for Change event, Northwest Missouri State University is organizing a food drive to benefit the Maryville Ministry Center and hosting a luncheon for the participants.

The cyclists, joined for a portion of the ride by Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, will be traveling 72 miles from St. Joseph to Conception on Sunday, June 5, making a stop in Maryville at 12:30 p.m. at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion on the Northwest campus. Northwest's catered lunch will be provided to the cycling team and designated representatives from each of the area churches that have chosen to participate in the food drive: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church and St. Gregory Catholic Church. Donations to the Maryville Ministry Center will also be presented during the luncheon. In addition, area residents are encouraged to make a donation to the Maryville Ministry Center at one of the designated bins placed at Maryville's Walmart between now and Sunday, June 5.

The Cycling for Change team members will be joined along the seven-day ride by cyclists completing shorter segments, and will rally in communities - such as Maryville - at each stop. They share the message and challenge of reducing the number of persons living below the poverty level by focusing on the four basic needs of every family: safe housing, health care, healthy nutrition and the means to earn a livable wage. 

For details about the ride, the route and events along the route, visit or contact Suzanne Cronkhite at 816.916.4203.

For additional information about the Maryville food drive, contact Gina Bradley at 660.562.1143 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468