JJ Foley, a San Francisco resident, started an ambitious journey by bike in Bar Harbor, Maine, in the hopes of raising money to help students and experience a challenging bike route along the way. Prior to his departure, he sought pledge amounts to be donated as he passed through each of 10 states. The money raised goes to Conscious Kitchen, a project to improve school food across the country.
It partners with schools, guiding them to implement food programs based on five fundamental terms: fresh, local, organic, seasonal, non-GMO (genetically modified organism). The Conscious Kitchen is dedicated to a systemic transformation of school dining, to the health and well being of children, and to a thriving future for this planet.
As he passed through Lewes, he stopped at the Lewes Bake Shoppe to meet with Susan Grelock, who works for Amy's Kitchen, a supporter of Conscious Kitchen, as she visited with family in the area. While there, Becky Forney noticed his bicycle and its gear. She shared with him the story of her recent journey with husband Dennis Forney from Oregon to Lewes. Foley related how those he met along the way were encouraging and helpful, especially when he lost his wallet. Despite setbacks, he continued his trip.