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Toronto cyclists make volunteer grocery deliveries to vulnerable residents with the ‘Bike Brigade’

Toronto cyclists make volunteer grocery deliveries to vulnerable residents with the 'Bike Brigade'

TORONTO — It’s been a busy six months for a group of Toronto cyclists known as the ‘Bike Brigade,’ who have been volunteering their time…

Wednesday, Sep 16

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TORONTO — It’s been a busy six months for a group of Toronto cyclists known as the ‘Bike Brigade,’ who have been volunteering their time to help people in need.

“Cyclists have flocked to the Bike Brigade, and that comes as no surprise,” says Dave Shellnutt, organizer of the group and self-described ‘Biking Lawyer.’ “We’re just really involved citizens so I knew that they could be counted on and that has been proven true time and time again.”

The Bike Brigade is made up of more than 500 registered volunteers who deliver food, medicine and other supplies by bicycle to organizations and individuals around the city. Every Tuesday, about 60 of them gather to make deliveries of produce boxes from the non-profit organization FoodShare.

“Tuesday has turned into my new Friday night,” Shellnutt tells CTV News Toronto. “Seeing 60+ cyclists coming up here, grabbing boxes and darting off into the night to help folks out is like a weekend!”

The Bike Brigade was created in the early weeks of the pandemic when Shellnutt recognized that people would be isolating or in quarantine and unable to shop for themselves. “Knowing I had a connection to a ton of cyclists in the city, I thought hey, why not mobilize these people to get supplies to folks in need,” he explains.

The volunteers who are a part of the Bike Brigade say they’re happy to be helping where they can.

“It’s amazing to be out there to help out with this initiative to get people food that’s needed […]

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