But what I loved most about this trip was the reason why we did it. Myself and ten other students from Rutgers University endeavored to raise $3,500 each for a local food pantry in New Brunswick — called Elijah’s Promise — in order to improve food security in the area. The kitchen provides three meals a day to the homeless and underprivileged, provides culinary classes to the public, and keeps a community vegetable garden. Throughout our biking journey, we would stop in major cities and volunteer at local soup kitchens to learn about food insecurity as an issue across the United States, and of course to give back as much as we could. I already had a clear understanding of the importance of fighting hunger before I embarked on this journey, but I now had another perspective to add. The nutrients that we feed our body are vital to our well being, and when there are so many people that are not receiving those nutrients, it should be the community’s responsibility to provide for its citizens what they are unable to provide for themselves.