SEPTA Riders Donate Over 17 Tons of Food

By Nate Adams
Newtown Patch

A few weeks ago, we told area SEPTA users about a food drive the transit company was doing with Philabundence, asking riders to donate their canned goods at local train and subway stops.

According to a release from SEPTA, its riders responded.

The release says that the 2011 “Stop Hunger at Your Station” food drive raised over 17 tons of food donations for the Philadelphia-based charity.

“We cannot thank our passengers and employees enough for their continued support of the ‘Stop Hunger at Your Station’ food drive,” said SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey. “The donations Philabundance receives from our food drive will make a difference to thousands of Delaware Valley residents, especially children.”

From June 6 through 24, SEPTA collected donations of canned and boxed goods at more than 50 designated stations throughout the transit system, including the Conshohocken regional rail stop. A specially wrapped “Stop Hunger at Your Station” bus also toured the region throughout the food drive, collecting items such as peanut butter, jelly, canned pasta and tuna.

Monetary donations received during the food drive also counted towards SEPTA’s overall collection total.

Since 2009, SEPTA customers and employees have donated over 46 tons of food to Philabundance.

“The need for food assistance is rising across the nine counties we serve,” said Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clark. “Philabundances’s food donations are down 41% from this time last year, which makes meeting the mounting need for food more daunting than ever. SEPTA’s drive will help us get much-needed food to thousands of people struggling to put food on the table.”

Philabundance is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Delaware Valley. In 2010, the organization distributed 21 million pounds of food.

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