DART “Stuff The Bus” Food Drive To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts Collected 4.5 Tons of Food For Delawareans

            Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced today that DART’s “Stuff The Bus” COVID-19 Relief Efforts Food Drive collected 4.5 tons (9,097 pounds) of food.  The week-long food drive took place from June 22 to June 26 at the Safeway stores in Rehoboth and Dover, and the ShopRite stores at First State Plaza, Brandywine Commons and Four Seasons Shopping Centers.  The Food Bank of Delaware will distribute the donated food through its Hunger Relief Partners to Delaware residents in need of food assistance. 

            John Sisson, DTC’s Chief Executive Officer, stated “I’m proud of our employees, business partners, bus riders, and the community, along with Safeway and ShopRite, whose generous donations will help out their fellow Delawareans in need of food assistance.”

            Chad Robinson, Food Bank of Delaware Community Relations Director, stated “The Food Bank of Delaware is so thankful to our friends at DART First State and DelDOT for stepping up during this time of unprecedented need.  While we are all familiar with the Stuff the Bus at Thanksgiving time, the outpouring of support we saw in this “COVID-19 Edition” was amazing.  The donation of over 4.5 tons of food last week will go out to support the needs of thousands of food insecure Delawareans suffering during this time.  We are grateful for this ongoing partnership and look forward our annual Stuff the Bus again in the fall.”

            Donations were received from the general public, as well as businesses, and organizations throughout the entire State, including the employees from DART and DelDOT, which filled three 28-foot paratransit buses full of non-perishable food.  DART’s partner, Sharp Energy, donated over $2,000 worth of food, which was loaded onto a DART propane autogas paratransit bus.  To see photos from the event, visit DART’s Facebook page.

DART partnered with The Vault 103.5/106.1 FM, part of The Voice Radio Network and thanks to their staff and listeners for helping make “Stuff The Bus” in Rehoboth a great success. 

Thank you to everyone for their generosity and support in helping us “stuff” our buses.  Together as a team, we have helped to make a difference in providing food assistance to Delawareans in need. 

For more information on donating food, contact the Food Bank at 302-292-1305, or visit their website at www.FBD.org.  The Food Bank of Delaware is a nonprofit agency committed to ending hunger in Delaware.   

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  For more information, please visit DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART.  Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android). 

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