Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced today that DART’s 23rd annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 13 tons (26,092 pounds) of food. The week-long food drive took place from November 9 to November 14 at the Safeway in Rehoboth, the Dover Safeway, Walmart in Milford, Rodney Square in Wilmington, and the ShopRite stores at First State Plaza, Brandywine Commons and Four Seasons Shopping Centers. In June, DART held the Stuff The Bus COVID19 Relief food drive that collected 4.5 tons (9,097 pounds) of food. In total, Stuff The Bus food drives in 2020 collected 17.5 tons (35,189 pounds) of food that the Food Bank of Delaware distributes through their Hunger Relief Partners to Delaware residents in need of food assistance.
John Sisson, DTC’s Chief Executive Officer, stated “This was our 23rd year of “Stuff The Bus” and I’m proud of the DTC and DelDOT employees, business partners, bus riders, and the community, whose generous donations will help out their fellow Delawareans in need of food assistance.”
Donations were received from the general public, as well as businesses, schools, organizations, and state agencies throughout the entire State, including the employees from DART, DelDOT, DMV and the Toll Plazas. A thank you to all of DART’s partners; Sharp Energy donated a total of $2,000 worth of food, that was loaded onto a DART propane autogas paratransit bus. And The Kenny Family Foundation generously matched the donations collected from the ShopRite stores at First State Plaza, Brandywine Commons and Four Seasons Shopping Centers, which amounted to 7,480 pounds. To see photos from the event, visit DART’s Facebook page.
Again this year, DART partnered with Delaware 105.9 FM, WAFL 97.7 FM and WCHK 101.3 FM, which are part of Forever Media, along with The Vault 103.5 FM, part of The Voice Radio Network stations. Thanks to staff and listeners from these radio stations, “Stuff The Bus” in Rehoboth, Milford and Dover was a great success. And thanks to our other partners from Forever Media, WSTW 93.7 FM, who brought out their listeners to the ShopRite in First State Plaza. We also want to thank the staff and listeners from WJBR 99.5 FM, part of the Beasley Broadcasting Group, who helped to fill the bus at the ShopRite stores in Brandywine Commons and Four Seasons shopping centers.
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 www.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).