DART First State announced today that it’s twelfth annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive was a record setting year, collecting 14.6 tons (29,184 pounds) of food. DART’s week-long food drive took place from November 10 to November 13 at Wal-Mart in Milford, Acme in Dover, Acme in Fairfax Shopping Center, and Rodney Square in Wilmington. The Food Bank of Delaware will distribute the donated food through its more than 250 agencies to less fortunate residents statewide.
This year’s donations of non-perishable food filled three 30-foot buses. Donations were received from the general public, as well as businesses, schools, organizations, and state agencies throughout the entire State. The Pepsi Bottling Group made a very generous donation that helped set a new record. The second best year was 2004 with 11.1 tons.
Again this year, DART partnered with WAFL 97.7 FM and WNCL 101.3 FM, which are part of the Delmarva Broadcasting Company. Thanks to staff and listeners of both radio stations, Stuff the Bus in Milford and Dover was a great success.
DART First State is Delaware’s bus, train, and intermodal transportation provider. The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) under the direction of Secretary Carolann Wicks, operates DART First State. DART First State services include contracted SEPTA commuter trains, intercounty bus, fixed route bus, paratransit, seasonal resort bus, commuter assistance, Operation Lifesaver rail crossing safety, and the RideShare Delaware ridematching program. DART First State provides more than 10,200,000 passenger trips annually, removing up to 6,415,094 vehicle trips from area roadways. For public information for all fixed route services statewide.