News Release: City of Tallahassee
At a time when people are in need, StarMetro is stepping up to the plate. On Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m., StarMetro will kick off its two-week food drive to benefit America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend. Everyone is invited to join City of Tallahassee officials and community leaders for the Stuff the Bus launch that will take place at C.K. Steele Plaza, 111 W. Tennessee St.
Free bus passes for same-day travel will be offered all day to those who donate two or more non-perishable food items on Jan. 30. Riders can ride one way for two items donated and all day on Jan. 30 for three items donated.
StarMetro will continue to accept donations at the following locations from Jan. 30 until Feb. 15.
• C.K. Steele Plaza, 111 W. Tennessee St.
• Jack McLean Community Center, 700 Paul Russell Rd.
• Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St.
• Community Center at Lafayette Park, 501 Ingleside Ave.
• Forestmeadows Park, 4750 N. Meridian Rd.
“People in our community want to help ensure families and children have food on their tables,” said Mayor John Marks. “StarMetro’s Stuff the Bus is an easy and convenient way to do just that.”
According to Second Harvest, February and March are traditionally slow months for donations for this local food bank. Canned vegetables, boxes of pasta and staple items are ideal as they can be used to make balanced meals.
“The work that Second Harvest does for our community is invaluable,” said Ivan Maldonado, director of StarMetro. “Our goal is to stuff a StarMetro bus with food that will then stock the shelves of Second Harvest, because donations are especially needed this time of year.”
Second Harvest of the Big Bend serves residents in 11 local counties to fight hunger amongst area children, college students, families and senior citizens. Last year, they delivered more than 5.4 million meals and bolstered outreach efforts through key community partnerships and collaborations. In addition to offering partnership drop-off locations throughout Tallahassee, Second Harvest also accepts online donations at fightinghunger.org.
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