PVTA’s annual food drive begins


Food donation boxes have been installed on each of the PVTA’s 188 buses and 144 vans. And their passengers have an impressive record to uphold.

Since this annual food drive began eight years ago, passengers have filled these boxes with 20,000 pounds of donated groceries.

“Oh it’s been great,” bus driver Jose Salas told 22News. “Every little bit helps, there’s a lot of need and it benefits and benefits from it. So it’s really great that the PVTA’s doing this.”

Passengers who’ve donated before intend to donate again since so many people know someone who can’t afford to put food on their table.

“There’s a lot of families in need in the valley,” Kate Spurgan of Amherst said. “Anything that will help that’s really, really exciting.”

The 10 tons of food donated previously helped the Western Massachusetts Food Bank in Hadley supply groceries to the network of Pioneer Valley food pantries.

Support from passengers in parts of Hampshire County helps keep food shelves filled at the Amherst Survival Center.

Passengers have an opportunity to give to the PVTA food drive through November 7.

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