DelDOT, DART Collect 2.4 Tons of Food for Hurricane Victims

Wed January 25, 2006 - Northeast Edition

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and DART First State collected 2.4 tons of food from employees in a food drive that started Sept. 6.

In early October, 4,800 lbs. of food was sent to the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark headquarters. DART officials joined U.S. Congressman Michael Castle, youth from the Wilmington Charter School and community volunteers in loading a shipment of vital products onto a Food Bank of Delaware tractor-trailer. The truck with its cargo from Delaware totaling 18 tons headed to the Bay Area Food Bank in Theodore, AL.

“After viewing the coverage of the devastation in the Gulf on television, we wanted to help victims of these tragic events in some way,” said Stephen Kingsberry, director of DART First State.

DelDOT’s Magnolia, DE, Maintenance Facility alone contributed more than a ton of the food items collected in the food drive.

“That’s a tremendous amount of food, and the men and women of our Magnolia yard deserve recognition for their over-the-top effort,” said Kingsberry.

Delaware Transit Corporation’s Senior Marketing Specialist Sara Fuller spearheaded the DelDOT/DART food drive that ran Sept. 6 through 30.

Fuller said, “When we reached the Food Bank with our special delivery, they were amazed to see how much we could do in such a short period of time.”

The Food Bank of Delaware will keep a small portion of products to serve displaced Gulf Coast families locally and will continue to collect food and grocery items.

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