The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) with support from North County Transit District, Albertsons and Armed Services YMCA is holding its 5th Annual Food Drive on Saturday, December 1st.
MTS and the San Diego Food Bank would welcome any non-perishable foods in paper or canned packaging (not glass).
This year MTS is asking the community to fill 15 buses to help the San Diego Food Bank. We hope to beat last year's donation of
more than 14,000 pounds of food!
How to Donate:
MTS will be at 15 Albertson stores on Saturday, December 1st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting food for the San Diego Food Bank. Bring your donation to one of these Albertsons stores and you can help “Stuff the Bus"!
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 2010-2011, the Food Bank distributed a total of 20.4 million pounds of food, which translates into almost 16 million meals. The Food Bank is serving an average of 350,000 individuals a month in communities and cities throughout San Diego County.
San Diego County Facts:
San Diego County’s official unemployment rate remains near 10%. The estimated “real” unemployment rate including people working part time who would prefer full-time employment and those who have given up the job search is estimated to be 18%.
Nearly 230,000 school children in San Diego County live in low-income households and receive free or reduced-priced meals at school.
More than 446,000 people live below the poverty level in San Diego County. That equates to a household income of less than $10,890 for an individual and $22,350 for a family of four. These individuals face “food insecurity” which means that little or no food is available at home and they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
Thank you for helping out those in need during this holiday season. For more information about the San Diego Food Bank, visit www.sandiegofoodbank.org.