Stop Hunger At Your Station

SEPTA To Launch First-Ever Philabundance Food Drive

Philabundance Senior Vice President Martha Buccino and SEPTA’s General Manager Joe Casey place donated cans and plastic jars of food into one of the many food drive collection barrels that will be available at 45 SEPTA locations.

To help fill critical shortages at local food banks, SEPTA is launching its first-ever Philabundance food drive.

SEPTA will begin collecting donations of canned and boxed goods throughout the transit system on Monday June 1st. The campaign, called “Stop Hunger at Your Station,” continues through June 15th.

In addition to this plea for help to our nearly one million daily riders, SEPTA’s 9,000 employees are encouraged to participate in the effort and make donations.

The food collected will help Philabundance as it strives to feed local residents in need. Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing food to approximately 65,000 people per week. In 2008 alone, Philabundance distributed 17 million pounds of food to people in the Delaware Valley.

The “Stop Hunger at Your Station” campaign comes at a particularly urgent time. The economic crisis has significantly increased the number of people turning to food cupboards and pantries for help. As a result, Philabundance is providing more meals to more people, especially the working poor. Unfortunately, this has created a serious shortage of food at Philabundance and other food banks around the country – making it even more difficult than usual for them to help families put healthy meals on the table.

And the demand is only going to increase as summer recess begins at local schools in the coming weeks.

Thousands of students rely on breakfasts, lunches and other meals provided by their schools. But once classes end, so do those meals – leaving many families already struggling to keep up with their bills to make painful decisions, such as whether to pay the rent or buy food. The need is particularly acute in Philadelphia, which has one of the highest child poverty rates in the United States.

SEPTA is making it easy for riders to help with its “Stop Hunger at Your Station” campaign. Food donations for Philabundance will be collected at 45 locations throughout the system, including all Center City Regional Rail stations, all major bus terminals and several locations along the Broad Street and Market Frankford lines. Riders can simply drop items off as they go about their daily commute.

While any contribution will help, Philabundance has a particular need for several staple foods, including canned tuna, canned pasta and canned beef ravioli, as well as plastic jars of creamy peanut butter and jelly.

For more information, including a complete list of donation drop-off spots

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