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Winston-Salem’s “Mixxer” helping Second Harvest Food Bank refurbish bikes

Winston-Salem's "Mixxer" helping Second Harvest Food Bank refurbish bikes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Second Harvest Food Bank is not officially in the bicycle business, but through a partnership with a group of handy Winston-Salem philanthropists,…

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —

Second Harvest Food Bank is not officially in the bicycle business, but through a partnership with a group of handy Winston-Salem philanthropists, it is helping to provide a fresh set of wheels to some children in the Triad.

Mixxer founder Alan Shelton describes his business as being kind of like a gym, but for people who like to make things.

"Instead of having a building full of fitness equipment, we have a building full of tools and technology," he says.

In the early stages of the pandemic, he says Second Harvest reached out to him to see if his organization could help them with a unique problem. While they were out on their routes delivering food, Second Harvest drivers would often come across bicycles that were abandoned or set to be thrown out, so they would often pick them up. Shelton knew he wanted to help.

"I sent an email that said, ‘I’ve got a whole building full of tools and people here using them and if you can bring some bikes over here, we could fix them for you.’" he says.

Second Harvest relies heavily on volunteers to do what it does. Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, it was sending 42,000 pounds of food out into the community every single day. Since last Spring, those numbers have only gone up."Mixxer is amazing. My first experience coming here, I was just blown away by what this particular organization does," says Kimberlee Brown, volunteer outreach coordinator for Second Harvest. "We decided […]

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