Sept. 24, 2014

Contact:  Becky Freeberger, 410-537-1017




Donate non-perishable food items at MD

bridges and tunnels Sept. 24-26 and Sept. 29-30


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.  Along with the Maryland Department of Transportation, MDTA employees have commenced Operation Orange Canned Food Drive and are 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 Executive Director Bruce Gartner. “As a public-service agency, the MDTA is excited to be a part of Operation Orange and the Maryland Day to Serve campaign uniting Marylanders with the common purpose of helping others.”

Starting today through Sept. 26 and Sept. 29 - 30 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), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) and the ICC/MD 200 Facility on Crabbs Branch Way. Non-perishable items will be collected at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301) Sept. 24 – 25 and Sept. 29 - 30 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 through Sept. 30 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.                                                                                               

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