Hunger Doesn’t Take A Vacation
SEPTA’s Fourth Annual “Stop Hunger at Your Station Food Drive” Begins June 4
PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 30, 2012) — Summer is coming. The last bells of the
school year will soon ring and children throughout the Greater Philadelphia region will
head to the pool, camp and on family excursions. Sadly, for thousands of Delaware
Valley kids, summer means that they will no longer receive the free and reduced-cost
meals they are given at school. Many of these children will go without the nutritious
meals they need to grow and flourish. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation.
SEPTA customers can help fight hunger in the Greater Philadelphia region by
participating in SEPTA’s fourth annual “Stop Hunger at Your Station” food drive to
benefit Philabundance from June 4 through June 15. SEPTA General Manager Joseph
Casey, joined by Philabundance Chief Operating Officer Melanie Jumonville, kicked off
the food drive with a hunger rally at The Porch at 30th Street Station today.
“Many people participate in food drives during the winter, but summer is an especially
difficult time for families struggling to put food on their tables,” said Casey. “Because
children aren’t in school to receive breakfasts and lunches, parents have to provide two
additional meals every day. The items we collect through the ‘Stop Hunger at Your
Station’ Food Drive are crucial in helping Philabundance feed families across our
According to the 2010 American Community Survey 1 year estimates, 36.4 percent of
Philadelphia’s children live at or below the federal poverty line — one of the highest
rates in the country. Additionally, Philabundance agencies have seen a 26 percent
increase in need over the past year, compared to a 22 percent increase in the previous
year. Of the population Philabundance serves, approximately 23 percent are children.
“A family of four with two school-aged children who get free lunch and breakfast are
now taxed with providing 40 more meals a month for two children, which can add $110 a
month to the grocery bill,” said Jumonville. “Any additional expense can be devastating
to a family that is barely getting by.”
From June 4-15, SEPTA will collect donations of canned and boxed goods in marked
barrels at 45 designated locations throughout the transit system. CCT customers wishing
to participate will be able to give their canned good contributions to their vehicle
operator. A specially-wrapped “Stop Hunger at Your Station” SEPTA bus will also tour
the region throughout the food drive, collecting donations.
“The ‘Stop Hunger at Your Station’ campaign is an opportunity for people in the
Philadelphia region to help their neighbors during the summer months when children are
out of school and in need of daytime meals,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
“Everyone can do their part by donating a non-perishable item at their local SEPTA
station. Working together, we can ensure that everyone has a fun, healthy summer.”
In 2011, SEPTA’s customers and employees contributed almost 17.8 tons of food,
bringing the three-year food drive total to more than 46 tons. The community can
participate in the 2012 drive by contributing the following items:
- Canned or shelf stabilized tuna
- Canned pasta
- Canned beef ravioli
- Creamy peanut butter (plastic containers only, please)
- Jelly (plastic containers only, please)
The public can also make a donation to Philabundance online to help feed neighbors in
need. Any monetary contribution will count toward the total collected through the
SEPTA 2012 campaign.
Philabundance is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Delaware Valley, serving
nine counties and feeding 65,000 people every week. In 2011, Philabundance distributed
19 million pounds of food in its service area and an additional two million pounds to
other area food banks.
If you know someone in need of food assistance, tell them to call (800) 319-Food (3663).
For any other questions about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org.
Collection barrels will be available at 45 SEPTA locations, including the lobby of
SEPTA’s 1234 Market Street Headquarters. At outlying Regional Rail Stations, the
collection barrels will be located in the ticket office. CCT customers may give food
contributions to their drivers.
Center City Regional Rail Stations:
West Trenton Line:
Chestnut Hill East Line:
Chestnut Hill West Line:
Chestnut Hill West
Fox Chase Line:
Broad Street Line:
69th Street Transportation Center:
Bus and Trolley routes, Market-Frankford Line, Norristown High Speed Line
Frankford Transportation Center:
Bus and Trackless Trolley routes, Market-Frankford Line
Olney Transportation Center:
Norristown Transportation Center:
Bus routes, Norristown High Speed Line