Delaware Transit Corp. announced that DART’s 21st annual Stuff The Bus Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 10.2 tons — 20,463 pounds — of food for Delawareans in need.

The food drive took place Nov. 5-10 at the Acme in Rehoboth, Walmart in Milford, Rodney Square in Wilmington, Middletown Acme and the Acme in Newark; and new this year was the Dover Safeway and the ShopRite at Christina Crossing Shopping Center in Wilmington. As the holiday season continues, the Food Bank of Delaware will distribute the donated food through its Hunger Relief Partners to Delaware residents in need of food assistance.

“This was our 21st year of Stuff The Bus, and I’m proud of our employees, business partners, bus riders and the community, whose donations will help out their fellow Delawareans in need of food assistance,” said DTC CEO John Sisson.

Donations were received from the general public, as well as businesses, schools, organizations and state agencies throughout the entire State, including the employees from DART, DMV and DelDOT, which filled two 30-foot buses full of nonperishable food. The program’s newest partner, ShopRite and the Kenny Family Foundation matched the donations collected at their Christina Crossing store, which amounted to 1,482 pounds.

Again this year, DART partnered with Delaware 105.9 FM, WAFL 97.7 FM and WNCL 101.3 FM, which are part of the Delmarva Broadcasting Company. Other partners from Delmarva Broadcasting Company, WSTW 93.7 FM and WDEL 101.7 FM, brought out their listeners to the ShopRite. Staff and listeners from WJBR 99.5 FM, part of the Beasley Broadcasting Group, helped to fill the bus in Rodney Square and Middletown.

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