[UPDATE] StarMetro and Second Harvest Urge You to Stuff-The-Bus!

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

UPDATE 2-25

StarMetro's Stuff-The-Bus Food Drive Raises Double the Donations

This year, StarMetro and America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend received nearly 2,500 pounds of donations for its annual Stuff-The-Bus food drive. Food donations received for this year's Stuff-The-Bus for Kids will benefit America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend's Backpack Program, which provides food to children with nutritional needs throughout the region. The amount of food donated equates to nearly 2,100 meals.

"On average, we raise between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds of food for Stuff-the-Bus," said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. "This year, we were able to double the number of food donations received with the tremendous help of Lincoln High School and local participating Winn-Dixie shopping centers."

This year's event ran from January 18 to February 4 and included food collection sites at many City buildings.

"We are extremely proud of this year's Stuff-The-Bus for Kids results," Cheryl Phoenix, executive director for America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, said. "We would like to extend a special thank you to the City's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, who, out of all the participating City departments, raised the largest amount of food donations."

For more information, please contact StarMetro at 891-5200 or visit Talgov.com/starmetro. Other ways to view information include 'liking' StarMetro's official Facebook page at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit and 'following' StarMetro's official Twitter page at Twitter.com/ridestarmetro. Visit www.fightinghunger.org for more information about the food bank.

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Updated 2-3 6:32pm

StarMetro and the Second Harvest of the Big Bend have been holding their ninth annual Stuff the Bus food drive.

Friday, February 3, organizers picked up donated items from the dozen collection sites in Tallahassee.

This year's goal was to collect 5,000 pounds of food since the kick-off on January 18th.

Organizers say they won't know if they reached that goal until they weigh the food on Saturday.

Donations will benefit Second Harvest's Backpack Program, which gives a bag of food to needy school children on Fridays.

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Today, Jan. 18, StarMetro and America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend kick off the ninth annual Stuff-The-Bus food drive. This year, donations will benefit Second Harvest’s Backpack Program, which provides food to children with nutritional needs throughout the region.

In 2009, Leon County reported 9,087 children living in poverty and 13,172 children enrolled in public schools qualifying for free lunches. The Stuff-The-Bus wish list consists of items such as peanut butter and jelly, hearty soups, canned fruits and veggies, crackers, cereal bars and grains, such as pasta and rice.

“Our goal this year is to collect 5,000 pounds of food – enough donations to provide 3,800 meals to hungry children within the community,” Cheryl Phoenix, executive director of America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, said. “Every week, hundreds of children rely on our Backpack Program to provide them with one to two meals over the weekend.”

Food donations can be made at several locations, including:

StarMetro Administrative Offices, located at 555 Appleyard Drive;
City Hall, located at 300 South Adams Street;
Trousdell Aquatics Center, located at 298 John Knox Road;
Sue Herndon McCollum Community Center at Lafayette Park, located at 501 Ingleside Avenue;
Tallahassee Fire Department Station 1, located at 327 North Adams Street; and
Tallahassee Police Department, located at 234 East Seventh Street

Other food collection sites include Lincoln High School and various Winn-Dixie shopping centers located throughout the city. These locations, however, will begin collecting donations in early February.

Each participating location will host food collection barrels for items donated during normal business hours. On February 4, a StarMetro bus will visit each site to collect the donated goods to turn in to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

“We are very excited for this year’s Stuff-The-Bus and look forward to reaching our goal of 5,000 pounds,” Ron Garrison, director of StarMetro, said. “We know that everyone is coming off of a busy holiday season, but we’re hoping that spirit of giving will continue into the New Year.”


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