Ride On bus passengers in Montgomery County can help needy families and receive free bus rides by donating canned or nonperishable food during Ride On’s annual Give and Ride food drive from Sunday, April 22 through Saturday, April 28.
Food collected through the drive goes to Manna Food Center, which feeds 3,000 hungry families a month.
All food donations, regardless of the number of cans, will be valued at the regular fare rate of $1.70. Passengers who transfer buses will need an additional food donation to ride free on the second bus.
Residents who don’t ride the bus but wish to donate food can participate by giving their donations to a bus operator at any Ride On bus stop.
During the Give and Ride promotion, food collection bags will be placed near the fare boxes on all Ride On buses. Riders using free shuttles and other transit services can participate by bringing their donations to a Ride On bus. In addition to non-perishable food, children’s items are also needed. Disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food, and juice are especially useful to families in need. Plastic containers are preferred.
Checks made out to Manna Food Center will also be accepted. Writing in “Ride On” on the “For” or “Memo” line in the lower left corner of a check will make it easier to track the success of the program.
For bus stop locations or bus schedules, call 311 or TDD/TTY 240-773-3556. Route and timetable information is also available at www.rideonbus.com.
POSTED AT: Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 4:00:00 AM