MoCo’s Ride On Collects About 8,000 Pounds of Food During Give and Ride Week

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system collected 8,767 pounds of food this year during its annual “Give and Ride” food drive that took place the week of April 19.County Ride On Food Drive Collection Bag

Bus passengers received free rides by donating canned or nonperishable food for Montgomery County school students.

“Ride On is more than a bus service – it’s a family of caring bus drivers and riders who reach out to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “We appreciate the efforts of our passengers and employees who donated generously to support elementary school students who need access to food over the weekend.”

All food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a Gaithersburg-based nonprofit organization that distributes food to the County’s neediest families. In addition to providing food for 3,600 families each month, Manna also provides weekly “Smart Sacks” of nutritious food to 2,300 elementary school students in need.

For bus stop locations or bus schedules, check Ride On Real Time, or call 311 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 240.777.0311 from a cell phone or outside the County or TDD/TTY 301.251.4850. Route and timetable information also is available on Ride On’s website .

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