Stuff The Bus Collects Almost 18 Tons Of Food In Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced today that DART’s 20th annual “Stuff the Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 17.9 tons (35,832 pounds) of food. The week-long food drive took place from November 6 to November 11 at Walmart in Milford, Acme in Dover, Acme in Fairfax Shopping Center, Rodney Square in Wilmington and Acme in Newark; and new this year was the Acme in Rehoboth and the Middletown Acme. 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 “This year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Stuff the Bus” and it was our goal to make this the biggest event to date. I am extremely proud of our employees, business partners, bus riders, and the community, who nearly doubled the amount of donations from last year to help out their fellow Delawareans.”


Donations were received from the general public, as well as businesses, schools, organizations, and state agencies throughout the entire State, which filled two 30-foot buses full of non-perishable food. Employees from DART, DMV and DelDOT helped stuff a 40-foot bus; the DelDOT Administrative staff in Dover held a friendly competition among departments and collected over 3.6 tons of food. DART’s partners, Sharp Energy and ROUSH CleanTech donated $1,000 each to purchase food from Sam’s Club, which was loaded onto a DART propane autogas paratransit bus. To see photos from the event, visit DART’s Facebook page.
“Sharp Energy and Roush CleanTech were proud to team up with DART to help feed families in Delaware”, said Bob Zola, President of Sharp Energy. “This was our first year supporting DART’s Stuff the Bus Campaign and we plan to continue and to expand our program of giving back to our community.”

ROUSH CleanTech, the manufacturer of propane vehicle conversions used on DART paratransit vehicles, joined in the effort with Sharp Energy. “We are excited to partner with DART and Sharp Energy to give back to Delaware”, says Todd Mouw, Vice President of Marketing for Roush CleanTech. “We are grateful to work with the Delaware Food Bank to provide Thanksgiving for all.”

Our 20th Anniversary was an incredible year, thanks 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.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. Real-Time Transit Information is available on the free DelDOT App (iOS and Android), as well as on DART’s Trip Planner at www.DartFirstState.com. For more information, please call 1-800-652-DART.

Source: DART

Image Credits: DART

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