PVTA riders donating to feed the hungry

Annual "Stuff the Bus" food drive continues through Nov. 24

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Riders on the PVTA are doing their part to help western Massachusetts families put together a Thanksgiving feast. Collection buses have been set up in all 182 buses in the PVTA’s system for the annual drive, which began Monday.

Each year, the transit authority’s passengers collect about 2,000 pounds of groceries, giving hungry families the necessities for Thanksgiving dinner. The items collected between now and November 24 will be sent to the Amherst Survival Center and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

22News spoke with PVTA passengers Thursday, who said that they know people who could truly benefit from this drive, and they want to help.

“It’s true these people don’t get that help,” Ed Gard of Springfield said. “These people need food and need to eat, clothes and everything.”

This is the fourth year that PVTA passengers have helped put food on the table for needy families’ Thanksgiving dinners.

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