DART Fares For Food to Benefit Hunger Free Polk County
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Ride transit, fight hunger
DART makes donation of “Fares For Food” to Hunger Free Polk County
On Wednesday, December 14 the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority CEO Elizabeth Presutti presented a check in the amount of $3,250 to Polk County Supervisors at the Polk County River Place food pantry. Presutti said, “we live in an extraordinarily generous community and DART is proud to support local initiatives like Hunger Free Polk County.”
The funding was collected at DART’s annual event, Fares for Food Day, which was held on Thursday, Dec. 8. Any bus fares paid on that day have been donated to the Partnership for Hunger Free Polk County.
The Partnership for Hunger Free Polk County was created in 2014 to help raise awareness of hunger in Polk County, to expand existing food assistance programs, and to facilitate improved coordination between providers. The initiative is being led by Polk County Supervisor John F. Mauro.
“People I talk to are shocked to hear that 1 in 8 people in Polk County do not have enough to eat and are forced to choose between paying their rent, paying for medications, and putting food on the table. There are organizations in our community that are doing tremendous work to reduce hunger but we need to do more,” said Mauro.
Donations can be made at www.hungerfreepolkcounty.org.
About DART: The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority is the public transportation provider that serves Polk County. DART operates a family of transportation services that makes getting around the Greater Des Moines area easier and more convenient. For more information about DART services, schedules, route changes, or directions to the nearest DART stop, visit the website at ridedart.com or call 515-283-8100. The MyDART Tools, Trip Planner and RideTime App are now available at ridedart.com.
About the Hunger Free Polk County Initiative: In 2014, Polk County Supervisor John F. Mauro initiated a conversation with key stakeholders that eventually became the Partnership for a Hunger-Free Polk County to address the county’s hunger crisis. Members of the Partnership represent a diverse range of concerned individuals and organizations, including health care providers, religious institutions, universities, senior and community centers, government agencies, food banks and food pantries. To better assess the hunger crisis, the Partnership commissioned a food insecurity study to identify obstacles and barriers for both food providers and recipients as it applies to meeting the needs for emergency food and meals in Polk County. Based on that study, the Partnership developed a plan and will act as a catalyst for change in ensuring residents have access to needed food.