Metro Bus releases results of annual food drive

ST. CLOUD, MINN (12/14/16) — Nearly $2,500 and over 2,400 pounds of food were collected during the Jolly Trolley food drive hosted by Metro Bus last week. Metro Bus partnered with Royal Tire and Townsquare Media to collect donations for local food shelves.

Since the winter drive began in 2011, more than 18,000 pounds and over $9,600 has been collected. This year’s cash donations were up 12 percent over last year.

“We were pleased to see the increase in cash donations,” said Ryan Daniel, CEO of Metro Bus. “Using the Second Harvest Food Bank, food shelves are able to get 3-5 times more food than we can purchase as individuals. That, combined with the Charity Challenge matching grant, could give $2,500 the purchasing power of $15,000-$25,000!”

The food drive benefitted Catholic Charities Emergency Services, Salvation Army and Promise Neighborhood.