Local transit showdown for a good cause: Metro and TANK to face off in 'Stuff the Bus' food drive

CINCINNATI - On Nov. 23, Metro and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) will compete for bragging rights. It's not about who has the better transit system; it's to see which can gather the most food donations.

Cincinnati donations go to the Freestore Foodbank, and Northern Kentucky donations will go to Be Concerned in Covington. 

“About 300,000 individuals living in the 20 counties that we serve are ‘food insecure,’" said Sarah Cook, public relations specialist for the Freestore Foodbank. "And among that number, about 100,000 are children,” said “Hunger doesn’t know a zip code. It exists in all counties where we live.”

Find the bus near you:

From 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m., look for the Metro bus at the Anderson Kroger, 7580 Beechmont Ave. TANK will be at the Buttermilk Towne Center Remke Market, 560 Clock Tower Way, Crescent Springs.

Metro and TANK staffers will be on hand to collect the most needed items, including:

  • canned meat products
  • peanut butter
  • canned vegetables and fruits
  • canned soups
  • macaroni and cheese
  • personal care items

About the food pantries:

  • Be Concerned has helped low-income families since 1968. Itss purpose is "to assist low-income people of Northern Kentucky in obtaining basic necessities for life." 
  • The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider to children and families in the Tri-State. 

About food insecurity in the U.S.

  • 49.0 million Americans  in food insecure households: 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.
  • 14.5 percent of households food insecure
  • Households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children: 20.0 percent compared to 11.9 percent

Source: Feeding America (2012) 

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