SEPTA and Philabundance Work to Stop Hunger in Its Tracks

SEPTA’s Third Annual Food Drive Begins June 6

PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 1, 2011) — Hunger knows no age, race, gender or zip
code. With approximately one million Delaware Valley residents — children, senior
citizens and working men and women — dealing with hunger issues every day, it is
possible that the person sitting next to you on your daily commute on a SEPTA bus, train
or trolley has difficulty putting food on his or her table.

To help fight hunger in the Greater Philadelphia region, SEPTA will hold its third annual
“Stop Hunger at Your Station” food drive to benefit Philabundance from June 6 through
June 20. SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey, joined by Philadelphia Mayor Michael
A. Nutter and Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clark, kicked off the
food drive with a hunger rally at City Hall.

“The ‘Stop Hunger at Your Station’ Food Drive is one of our most important community
activities. And, given the current statistics of hunger and poverty in the Greater
Philadelphia region, it is even more crucial for SEPTA to assist Philabundance with the
food drive,” said Casey.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009, the number of people living in poverty in
Philadelphia rose 11.3 percent. In Chester County, the region’s most affluent county, that
number rose 10.7 percent. Even more alarming is that the Food Research and Action
Center’s 2011 Food Hardship Study places Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District
among America’s top five districts where residents could not afford to buy enough food
at some point last year.

“I want to commend SEPTA for their commitment to fighting hunger and for the
outstanding partnership they’ve developed with Philabundance,” said Mayor Nutter. “I
urge all Philadelphians to support the third annual ‘Stop Hunger at Your Station’ food
drive. Together we can make sure that no one in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly
Affection goes hungry.”

“‘Stop Hunger at Your Station’ could not come at a better time, as the need for food
assistance is rising across the nine counties we serve in the Delaware Valley,” said Clark.
“Philabundances’s dry food donations are down 68 percent from this time last year,
which makes meeting the mounting need for food more daunting than ever. SEPTA’sdrive will help us get much-needed food to thousands of people struggling to put food on
the table.”

From June 6-20, SEPTA will collect donations of canned and boxed goods in marked
barrels at more than 50 designated stations throughout the transit system, including — for
the first time — SEPTA’s Delaware Regional Rail Stations in Claymont, Churchman’s
Crossing and Newark. 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.

In 2010, SEPTA’s passengers and employees contributed the equivalent of 19.6 tons of
food, doubling the 2009 donations. To meet the Authority’s goal of 20 tons of food for
2011, the community can help 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 2011 campaign.

“Our passengers and employees have gone above and beyond to make SEPTA’s food
drive an annual success. I look forward to their continued support as we attempt to
collect even more food for our neighbors in need this year,” said Casey.

Philabundance is the Greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger-relief organization. In
2010, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food across the Delaware Valley.
If you know someone in need of food assistance, tell them to call (800) 319-Food (3663).
For any other questions about Philabundance, visit

Center City Philadelphia:
University City
30th Street
Suburban Station
Market East

Warminster Line:
Willow Grove

Wilmington/Newark Line:
Marcus Hook
Ridley Park
Churchman’s Crossing

West Trenton Line:

Media/Elwyn Line:

Lansdale/Doylestown Line:
Fort Washington

Paoli/Thorndale Line:
Bryn Mawr

Manayunk/Norristown Line:
East Falls

Chestnut Hill East Line:

Trenton Line:
Cornwells Heights

Chestnut Hill West Line:
Chestnut Hill West

Fox Chase Line:
Fox Chase

Market Frankford Line:
30th Street
52nd Street
60th Street

Broad Street Line:
Fern Rock

69th St Terminal Grand Hall:
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:
Bus routes

Norristown Transportation Center:
Bus routes
Norristown High Speed Line

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