Kingston Transit Joins Salvation Army for Food Bank Donations

Published on: 2016/11/23 - in News

This year’s Salvation Army Community and Family Services’ annual Christmas food drive is being supported by Kingston Transit.

The ‘Stuff the Bus’ event will take place at Grant’s No Frills on Saturday, November 26.

Members of the Salvation Army and staff from Kingston Transit will be in the No Frills parking lot at 1162 Division Street between 9 am and 2 pm, where they will fill a Kingston Transit bus with non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.

In a City release, Kingston Transit manager Jeremy DaCosta said “We have been assisting with the Salvation Army’s Food Drive since 2004. Our goal on November 26th is to encourage No Frills’ shoppers to give hope to those in need this holiday season by ‘stuffing our bus’ with as many non-perishable food items as they can.”

The Salvation Army anticipates there will be an even greater need this year for these items and its aim is to ensure no one in the Kingston area goes without adequate food.

Last year, the organization served over 12,000 individuals and supplied more than 6,500 families with food, clothing and practical assistance. The Food Bank provides over 16,000 nutritious meals to those in need through community meal programs.

For those intending to use Kingston Transit to travel to the event, you can plan the bus trip with Google Transit.

November 28 Media Release from the City of Kingston

Kingston Transit and the Salvation Army Community and Family Services collected 1,874 different non-perishable food and personal hygiene items during their ‘Stuff the Bus’ food drive event on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Grant’s No Frills on Division Street. During the event, the Salvation Army also raised $138 in cash donations.

The donations received from the 2016 food drive double those received from the 2015 Kingston Transit and the Salvation Army food drive initiative.

“Kingston Transit is extremely proud of all Kingston residents who came out on Saturday to donate to the Salvation Army food drive. We received an overwhelming amount of community support. The donations received will fill the Salvation Army’s food pantry and will serve approximately 50 households. The cash donations will also provide 97 Kingston households with fresh milk,” says Jeremy DaCosta, manager, Kingston Transit.

Kingston Transit and the Salvation Army would like to express a special thank you to Grant’s No Frills for supporting the event and for providing the sidewalk space to park the bus.

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