TODAY anchors take to road on bikes to help stamp out hunger

By Eun Kyung Kim

The TODAY anchors fanned out over the country this past weekend on bicycles to help turn the tables on hunger.

They took part in the annual “food drive on two wheels” known as Cranksgiving, a scavenger hunt that leads participants to designated grocery stores to buy specific items requested by local food pantries and homeless shelters.



Team TODAY had representatives throughout the nation: Matt Lauer biked all over Long Island, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker climbed Washington's Capitol Hill, Natalie Morales hit the streets of Miami, and Tamron Hall, Lester Holt and Erica Hill rode in New York City. On the other side of the country, Maria Shriver led Team Los Angeles.





Thousands of pounds of food were donated by the end of the weekend. The holiday drive continues with TODAY's Million Meals by Christmas, a partnership with Feeding America to help provide 1 million meals to people in need.



Special thanks to our friends at NBC local stations for joining the rides, including WNBC New York's Michael Gargiulo and Darlene Rodriguez, KNBC Los Angeles' Holly Hannula, WTVJ Miami's Jaman Strader and WRC-TV Washington D.C.'s Tom Kierein, Melissa Mollet and Angie Goff.