Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced today that DART’s 24th annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 12 tons (24,169 pounds) of food. The week-long food drive took place from November 8 to November 13 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 April, DART held the “Stuff The Bus” COVID19 Relief food drive that collected 4.8 tons (9,621 pounds) of food. In total, Stuff The Bus food drives in 2021 collected 16.8 tons (33,790 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 “I’m proud this was our 24th year of “Stuff The Bus” and the overwhelming support from the DTC and DelDOT employee volunteers, business partners, bus riders, and the community; and how our food drive continues to grow through the generous donations that benefit fellow Delawareans.”
Donations were received from the public, as well as businesses, schools, organizations, and state agencies throughout the entire State, including the employees from the DelDOT family. A thank you to all of DART’s partners; Sharp Energy donated a truck worth of food, that was loaded onto a DART propane autogas paratransit bus. And The Kenny Family Foundation generously donated premade grocery bags from the ShopRite stores at First State Plaza, Brandywine Commons and Four Seasons Shopping Centers. 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).