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Stop Hunger at Your Station

SEPTA kicked-off its second annual Philabundance food drive during an event held outside City Hall and attended by Mayor Michael A. Nutter, SEPTA General Manger Joe Casey, and Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clarke and dedicated SEPTA ambassadors.

"During this tough economic period, Philadelphians need now more than ever, I would encourage everyone to participate in this activity. Reach out and help someone. There are people out there who really need the help and support," said Mayor Nutter. "This is when volunteerism, community spirit, and just our sense of being good Americans can really be helpful."

SEPTA will begin collecting donations of canned and boxed goods throughout the transit system now through June 28th.

In 2009, SEPTA riders and employees generously contributed more than 18,000 pounds of basic food items to help ease hunger in our region. This year, SEPTA hopes to collect 10 tons of food, which translates into 20,000 meals for our neighbors in need.

"Our partners at Philabundance work tirelessly to help fill this gap - please help us as we work together to Stop Hunger at Your Station and across the region," said SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey.

SEPTA urges everyone to come to one of the 45 designated SEPTA stations to drop off items in the specially marked barrels. And all CCT customers wishing to participate will be able to give their canned good contributions to their vehicle operator.

A SEPTA specially wrapped "Stop Hunger at Your Station" bus highlighted the event and will be touring the region over the next 2 weeks. IMAGIC contributed the cost of the wrap to help promote this incredible community outreach effort.

SEPTA's 9,000 employees are also being encouraged to participate and make donations in addition to reaching out to our nearly one million daily riders with this plea to help local families in need.

The food collected will help Philabundance as it strives to feed the hungry. Philabundance is the region's largest hunger-relief organization, providing food to approximately 65,000 people per week. In 2008 alone, Philabundance distributed 17 million pounds of food to people in the Delaware Valley.

"The number of people turning to food cupboards and pantries for help has increased. As a result, Philabundance is providing more food to more people, especially the working poor. Unfortunately, this has created a serious shortage of food at Philabundance - making it even more difficult than usual for us to help families put healthy meals on the table. We are pleased to be able to join with SEPTA again this year to help with this shortage and incredible worthy cause," said Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clark.

"Putting these two great entities together; SEPTA, delivering great public transit service and Philabundance making sure people have the food they need during this tough economic time, is a sure winner for everyone," said Mayor Nutter.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, SEPTA GM Joe Casey and Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clark joined by SEPTA ambassadors and Philabundance join together at food drive event.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, SEPTA GM Joe Casey and Philabundance President and Executive Director Bill Clark kick-off Second Annual SEPTA Philabundance Event.

SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey and Mayor Michael A. Nutter in front of specially wrapped "Stop Hunger at Your Station" bus.