AMHERST, Mass. - UMass Transit Services, in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, will be collecting non-perishable and canned goods from Nov. 1-17 to donate to those in need this holiday season.
Containers to collect donations will be available on all PVTA buses throughout the drive. Donations from all buses operated out of the UMass garage will be delivered to the Amherst Survival Center, while donations collected on Springfield and Northampton-operated buses will benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
“This year is incredibly special because it is the 10th year that UMass Transit Services has sponsored this food drive. On behalf of UMass Transit, we are excited to work alongside the PVTA so that riders are able to donate on all buses, regardless if they are traveling around Amherst, to Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield or other serviced communities. We invite all riders to help us in filling a bus for those in need,” says UMass Transit Services marketing and public relations coordinator Seritta Norige.
Passengers are reminded to only place non-perishable and canned food items aboard buses. Those looking to donate may also bring items to the UMass Transit Services facility at 255 Governors Drive in Amherst. Once the drive has been completed, Transit Services staff will sort and deliver the items to the Survival Center for the holidays.
UMass Transit Services was founded in 1969 and has been run primarily by students, providing Pioneer Valley Transit Authority fixed-route bus service to the Amherst and Five College area. Operating 10 PVTA routes with 35 PVTA buses and approximately 140 student drivers, UMass Transit moves 3.5 million passengers per year, and its vehicles travel close to a million miles annually.