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  • Stuff-a-Bus Food Drive Event Takes Place on Saturday

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    July 10, 2019
    Susan Tierney
    Communications Manager
    602.292.4093 (cell)
    Tyson Nansel
    Director of External Affairs
    United Foodbank
    For immediate release
    July 10, 2019
    Stuff-a-Bus Food Drive Event Takes Place on Saturday
    Valley Metro and United Food Bank partner to help feed hungry Arizona families
    MESA—In Arizona, 1 in 4 children, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 7 seniors struggle with hunger. Summertime is an important time of year to restock shelves and pantries. To help children and families in need of healthy food throughout the year, Valley Metro and United Food Bank are partnering to host a Stuff-a-Bus event as part of the Summer of a Million Meals campaign.
    Photo opp: A specially-wrapped Valley Metro bus will be parked on-site for food collections from local shoppers:
    • Saturday, July 13, 6 – 11 a.m.
    • Fry’s Marketplace, 1935 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa
    With the Stuff-a-Bus food drive, Valley Metro helps deliver more than people. The public transit system helps connect communities and enhance the lives of local communities by partnering with engineering and construction firms. Together, we provide internships for middle school and high school students along the future South Central Extension/Downtown Hub and Northwest Extension II in Phoenix.
    About United Food Bank United Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been providing hunger relief to people in need in the East Valley and eastern Arizona for more than 35 years. We collect, acquire, store and distribute food and related commodities to more than 220 partner agencies that serve more than 228,000 people in need across more than 19,500 square miles. Last year, United Food Bank distributed almost 24 million pounds of food providing nearly 19.5 million meals to our neighbors in need.
    About Valley Metro: Valley Metro has a mission of connecting communities and enhancing lives by providing effective public transit to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County. That includes the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 28 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2018, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Six high capacity transit extensions are under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
    Susan Tierney
    (602) 254-9896