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December 10, 2013 > Help the hungry

Help the hungry

Submitted By Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has launched its annual food drive to help the hungry, and invites the public to help them reach their goal of donating 1,500 pounds of food and $500 to Second Harvest Food Bank.

VTA is partnering with Second Harvest to bring relief to the one in 10 people the Food Bank serves each month in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

ÒHunger is not a seasonal issue, although it is certainly on our minds more during the holidays; as we count our blessings, we also reflect on the 49 million people in our country who do not have enough to eat,Ó said Greta Helm, VTA Chief External Affairs Officer. ÒVTA employees and our customers know that recent increases in housing and other basic living expenses are straining many family budgets. We look forward to this opportunity to share with our neighbors in need.Ó

The most needed foods include: meals in a can (stew, chili, soup, etc.), tuna and canned meat, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, low-sugar cereals, 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes, and canned vegetables (low salt).

VTA asks that you help avoid breakage by not donating items in glass containers. You can help by donating at VTAÕs Downtown Customer Service Center located at 55-A West Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose.

For more information, contact VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300 or visit www.vta.org.

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