Food Donations to Provide Nearly 2,300 Meals
StarMetro’s annual Stuff the Bus food drive has rolled to a close. For the past month, StarMetro, the transit agency for the City of Tallahassee, has been collecting non-perishable food items to benefit America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend. Today, the 40-foot bus stuffed full of food donations made the special trip to Second Harvest to be unloaded. Altogether, the food donations totaled 1,921 pounds. The food donations, coupled with cash donations from StarMetro’s business partners, will provide more than 2,244 meals to local families.
“Tallahassee is a community where friends and neighbors look out for one another, and the success of this Stuff the Bus event clearly illustrates that,” Mayor Andrew Gillum said. “The collection of almost 2,000 pounds of healthy food, plus the generous monetary donations, will have an immense impact on local families in need, and that is something we can all be proud of.”
According to Second Harvest, one in five adults – and one in four children – in the Big Bend are at risk of not having enough to eat. That translates to more than 107,000 people who struggle with hunger. The months following the holidays are a traditionally slow time for donations at the food bank, which is why StarMetro strategically hosts Stuff the Bus each year during this time.
“We are very proud to work with local partners like StarMetro for this important cause,” said Rick Minor, CEO of America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend. “It is our mission to feed the hungry in the Big Bend and to engage the community to fight hunger. StarMetro has repeatedly helped us with this mission, and we look forward to continuing this partnership with StarMetro for years to come.”
America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend serves residents in 11 local counties. Over the past year, Second Harvest distributed more than 6.5 million pounds of food through its partner agencies – totaling more than 5.2 million meals. To learn more, visit fightinghunger.org.
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