December 7, 2010 (San Diego) – Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) aims to load up ten buses with 8,000 pounds of food for hungry families this Saturday, December 11, at ten Vons stores across San Diego County.
“So many hard-working San Diegans, many of whom are members of our military, are struggling...Let’s all pitch in and share in the true holiday spirit,” said Councilwoman Marti Emerald at a kick-off for Metropolitan Transit System’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign today. “The need this year is unprecedented. Within the City of San Diego alone, requests for meals have increased by 72% over the past two years, with equally stunning numbers from other cities in San Diego County."
The economy, unemployment, and cost of living increases all contribute to the challenges facing families, said Emerald, a long-time supporter of the San Diego Food Bank, helping families who are working to make ends meet. Last week, Emerald and her staff volunteered at the Food Bank’s warehouse, sorting canned and dry food items, checking closely for expiration dates and package conditions to make certain donated foods were safe to distribute.
MTS and San Diego Food Bank encourage the public to bring non-perishalbe foods in paper or canned packaging (no glass)
How to Donate:
MTS will be at 10 Vons stores on Saturday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting food for the San Diego Food Bank. Bring your donation to one of these Vons stores and you can help “Stuff the Bus"!
• 11986 Bernardo Plaza Drive in Rancho Bernardo
• 9643 Mission Gorge Road in Santee
• 505 Telegraph Canyon Road in Chula Vista
• 3610 Adams Avenue in San Diego
• 4725 Clairemont Drive in San Diego
• 6420 Dennery Road in San Diego
• 7788 Regents Road in San Diego
• 10460 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego
• 10675 Scripps Poway Parkway in San Diego
• 3681 Avocado Blvd. in La Mesa
If you can’t make it to stuff the bus, you can still help stop hunger. Just text “SDFOOD[space]MTS” to 20222 to donate $10 to the San Diego Food Bank. Normal text message charges may apply.
What to Bring:
The San Diego Food Bank needs food that will provide nutritious meals. They are looking for all kinds of canned and boxed food. The most needed items include:
• Canned meat & tuna
• Canned soups
• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Peanut butter
• Canned beans
• Dry cereal
• Mac & cheese
The Food Bank cannot accept perishable items or items in glass jars due to food safety regulations.
The Annual Food Drive is in response to the San Diego Food Bank’s appeal to the community to support the food drives since it is currently feeding record numbers of San Diegans.
San Diego Food Bank statistics indicate that the number of San Diegans in need continue to grow. In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the Food Bank distributed a total of 15.3 million pounds of food, which translates into 12 million meals. During 2010 the Food Bank is serving an average of 342,000 individuals a month compared to 200,000 individuals in 2008.
For more information: www.sdmts.com.
SD Food Bank Stuff a Bus
I worked the Rancho San Diego Von's Grocery. The people who shopped at this store were amazing. They asked what the program was, then went in to shop. Some came out with the 'bag' Von's already had made up for the food bank. Others purchased beans, rice, soup, canned veggies and fruit. People were donating at least one item, or more...which was wonderful..imagine if EVERYONE donated one item. Others, purchased bags of food and 'carts' of food, some gave cash. The holiday feeling was definitely alive at the Von's in Rancho San Diego.