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January 25, 2019

Food Drive to Benefit Federal Workers to be Held at Metro Transit Centers Next Week

Metro Transit, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 (which represents Metro Transit operators and other employees), the St. Louis County Police MetroLink Unit, the St. Clair County Transit District and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department are holding a food drive next week to support federal workers in the St. Louis region who have been impacted by the partial government shutdown. The food drive is in partnership with St. Louis Area Foodbank, which will make the donations of food and other essential items available to federal workers and others in need in the bi-state area.

“Even with today’s announcement that the federal government will temporarily reopen, we know that many of the federal workers in the St. Louis region will continue to struggle with the negative effects of the government shutdown,” said Jessica Mefford-Miller, Executive Director of Metro Transit. “This food drive is an opportunity for Metro and our partners to support our community and help provide assistance to these federal employees and their families, who are our neighbors and our customers, in their time of need.”

“When Metro and Local 788 work together to help the community, everyone wins,” said Catina Wilson, ATU Local 788 Vice President. “We wanted to give back by helping our customers who are our friends, and in some cases, the government workers are our family members.”

Food donations will be collected at several Metro Transit centers on January 28 and January 29. In addition, the public is invited to bring food drive donations to the ATU Local 788 Union Hall located at 1611 South Broadway in St. Louis on February 2 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Food Drive Dates and Locations

Monday, Jan. 28

6-8 a.m.     North County Transit Center                          3140 Pershall Rd., Ferguson, MO

6-8 a.m.     Fairview Heights Transit Center                     9720 W. Route 161, Fairview Heights, IL

6-8 a.m.     Shrewsbury Lansdowne I-44 Transit Ctr.       7201 Lansdowne Ave., St. Louis, MO

4-6 p.m.     North County Transit Center                          3140 Pershall Rd., Ferguson, MO

4-6 p.m.     Fairview Heights Transit Center                     9720 W. Route 161, Fairview Heights, IL

4-6 p.m.     Shrewsbury Lansdowne I-44 Transit Ctr.       7201 Lansdowne Ave., St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, Jan. 29

6-8 a.m.     North Hanley Transit Center                           4300 Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO

6-8 a.m.     Civic Center Transit Center                            401 South 14th Street, St. Louis, MO

6-8 a.m.     Delmar Loop Transit Center                           660 Rosedale Ave., St. Louis, MO

6-8 a.m.     Belleville Transit Center                                  800 Scheel St., Belleville, IL

3-6 p.m.     Jackie Joyner-Kersee Transit Center            1003 N. 25th Street, East St. Louis, IL

4-6 p.m.     North Hanley Transit Center                           4300 Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO

4-6 p.m.     Civic Center Transit Center                            401 South 14th Street, St. Louis, MO

4-6 p.m.     Delmar Loop Transit Center                           660 Rosedale Ave., St. Louis, MO

4-6 p.m.     Belleville Transit Center                                  800 Scheel St., Belleville, IL

Saturday, Feb. 2

6-10 a.m.   Amalgamated Transit Union

Local 788 Union Hall                                       1611 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO

Donation Items Recommended by the St. Louis Area Foodbank

Peanut butter

Canned tuna

Canned chicken

Canned fruit

Canned beans

Canned vegetables

Canned soups

Canned ravioli

Bottled jelly

Boxed/bagged rice products

Boxed/bagged pasta products

Boxed complete meals

Boxed crackers

Condiments/sauces

Macaroni and cheese

Instant mashed potatoes

Hot cereal

Cold cereal

Powdered milk

Granola bars

Breakfast/snack bars

Fruit snacks

Bottled juice

Boxed juice

Shampoo

Conditioner

Soap

Body lotion

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Feminine products

Baby body products

Baby food and baby formula

Diapers

Toilet paper

About Metro Transit

Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system which includes 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 83 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is one of five enterprises operated by Bi-State Development.

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