FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 17, 2013

 

Contact:  Cheryl Sparks 410-537-1035

          

BRING CANNED GOODS

 ON YOUR COMMUTE

Donate non-perishable food items at MD

bridges and tunnels Sept. 23-27

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Join the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) and Marylanders from across the state in the Maryland Day to Serve campaign to donate time and/or resources which brings citizens together to feed the hungry and heal the planet.  Next week, MDTA employees will be collecting non-perishable food items at MDTA toll facilities for the Maryland Food Bank.

"We are honored to be a part of this remarkable initiative that will help put food on the table for families," said MDTA Acting Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner. "As a public-service agency, the MDTA is excited to join a campaign that unites the citizens of Maryland with a common purpose of helping others."

Starting Sept. 23 through Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, employees will collect non-perishable items at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry Tunnels (I-895, I-95), the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge    (US 301). Non-perishable items will be collected at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301) from Sept. 23 to Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m daily.  You may also bring your donations to any E-ZPass MD Stop-in Center daily from Sept. 23-27 during regular business hours.

The items most needed are:  canned meat, ham and chicken; peanut butter; macaroni and cheese; canned stews; canned tuna, salmon and sardines; nuts and seeds; dried canned beans; oatmeal; breakfast cereal; rice and rice cakes; pasta; canned fruits and juices; canned vegetables; canned soup; evaporated milk; powdered milk; infant fomula; pudding; diapers; toilet paper; and plastic/paper cups and plates.

Customers who wish to donate non-perishable items should use the far-right toll lane and follow directions from uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA staff. (Note:  This includes E-ZPass customers who wish to drop off items.)  The MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach drop-off sites. Non-perishable items may be dropped off at designated sites during scheduled times only.  Toll collectors are unable to accept donations in the toll lanes.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA, and facebook.com/TheMDTA.  For more on the Maryland Day to Serve program, visit daytoserve.org/Maryland.

 

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