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SEPTA Asks Riders To Help The Hungry

(A Septa regional rail train.  File photo)

(A Septa regional rail train. File photo)

(Photo by Ed Fischer) Lynne Adkins
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By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA riders are urged to help the hungry during a food drive through the 15th of this month.

SEPTA and Philabundance are asking transit riders to donate food at 45 rail and transit stations around the region.

Philabundance spokeswoman Marlo DelSordo explains what’s needed, “We are looking for non-perishable food items. We prefer plastic or box goods — no glass. Some of the most desired items are things perfect for kids, such as oatmeal, cereal, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese. And, tuna fish is another thing we rarely get donated that’s high in protein.”

DelSordo is hoping for great results. “Over the last three years, this food drive has brought in 46 tons of food. Last year alone they brought in 18 tons of food, which is 35,000 meals for people in the Delaware Valley.”

She says the need is great now, because kids are getting out of school and since 300,000 area school students rely on free meals during the day, families may have a hard time feeding them during the summer months.

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