Star Metro begins ‘Stuff the Bus’ food drive

Star Metro launched its annual food drive with free bus passes and music on Jan. 17.  This drive will replenish America’s Second Harvest and also feed the homeless citizens of Tallahassee.

Over 40 partners in the community helped with the drive. City of Tallahassee Communications Specialist, LaVania Sampson-Jones, said this was beneficial to the community.

“Around the holidays people are giving, but those foods are dispersed during that time of year.  We are now helping to restock shelves for people in the community with food scarcity,” Sampson-Jones said.

Last year, the campaign collected over 2,000 pounds of canned goods. Passengers had the opportunity to donate cans to the 40 partners, the City of Tallahassee Plaza or on the bus. The bus operators would have a bag next to their seat and collect the goods at the end of their shift.

John Spell, Coach Operator for Star Metro believed this is a win-win situation for everyone.

“This does not hurt (anyone). It can only help and make the community better. Anything will help for those who need,” Spell said.

If two cans are donated, the passenger can ride free for an one-way trip. Those who donate three cans can ride free all day. For the remainder of the drive, passengers can donate until February 15.

Dominique Anderson, a student passenger and Florida State University psychology student,  wanted to help those in need.  

“I want to help people that are in unfortunate places in their life. It doesn’t hurt to give away cans that I don’t use and get free rides,” Anderson said with excitement.

On Feb. 10, “Dime and Donate” will have vendors giving away food and a band will also perform. This will take place at the  C.K. Steele Plaza located on West Tennessee Street.   Those proceeds will go to Second Harvest as well.  

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