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WRTA Helps Drive the Spirit of Holiday Giving with 17th Annual WSRS Feed Worcester County Food Drive

WORCESTER _ Feeding the hungry is what the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) does throughout the year. During the year, 178 partner agencies serve over 93,000 people living in Central Massachusetts. That’s a lot of food.

For over a decade and a half, WSRS 96.1 has been holding a food drive in order to help the WCFB in fulfilling its continually growing need to feed the hungry. According to WCFB officials, the number of people receiving emergency food assistance increased by 13 percent between 2008 and 2009. With the WCFB as primary source of donated food for its partner agencies, that translates into a greater need for help.

“We’re thrilled to be helping WSRS 96.1, WTAG AM580/94.9FM, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Price Chopper in the 17th Annual WSRS Feed Worcester County Food Drive,” said WRTA Administrator Stephen O’Neil. “One of our WRTA vans will be in front of Worcester City Hall from December 1 through December 4, between the hours of 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., accepting food and cash donations.”

Along with the van posted at City Hall, all WRTA buses will have collection bags for passengers who wish to donate. (Please note that no glass items or baby food in glass jars will be accepted.)

Acceptable items include any canned goods and boxed items (non-perishable food only) such as:

  • Soups, stew and chili
  • Dry and canned pasta
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cereal, rice and beans
  • Conned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned tuna, chicken and salmon
  • Peanut butter and jelly

In FY 2009, the WCFB distributed 5,279,766 pounds of donated food and grocery product to its 178 partner agencies, which include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, residential programs, after-school programs and senior centers.

Last year, the 16th Annual WSRS Feed Worcester County Food Drive raised a total of $30,645.88 and 17,239 pounds of food in support of the WCFB’s hunger-relief efforts. This year’s goal is to raise $40,000 and to collect 25,000 pounds of food.

“Our riders have always been generous in donating to this worthwhile cause in the past, and I’m sure they will once again step up to the challenge,” O’Neil said. “We all must help each other out in such a trying economy. No one should be allowed to go hungry.”

Food donations will also be accepted at the WRTA’s Main Office at 287 Grove St. in Worcester, and also at the WRTA’s Customer Service Center, located at 317 Main St., Worcester.

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