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Holiday Food Drive Challenges the Community to “Stuff the Bus” 

Austin, Texas– Dec. 10, 2012 Capital Metro, Whole Foods Market and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas have teamed up for the first time ever to ask the community to help “Stuff the Bus” to assist area residents in need during the holiday season. The food drive is being held Dec. 14-16 at Whole Foods Market in downtown Austin.

The goal of the three-day event is to fill a full-size Capital Metro bus with 20,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. According to the food bank, 20,000 pounds of food equates to approximately 16,000 meals to families in need throughout the community.

“The donated food from Stuff the Bus will be a tremendous help in feeding the hungry right here in central Texas,” said Hank Perret, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas President/CEO. “We cannot thank our partners at Capital Metro and Whole Foods enough for their outstanding commitment to bettering the lives of our friends and neighbors in need this holiday season.” 

Donations are welcome anytime between 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Capital Metro bus, located at the corner of 6th and Bowie in front of the Whole Foods Market culinary center entrance. Volunteers from all three organizations will be on hand to accept food items and load them onto the bus.

The food bank encourages donations of healthy, non-perishable food items, such as canned meats and tuna, canned vegetables, pasta, beans, healthy cereal and peanut butter. During the drive, participants may also purchase pre-packaged food donations at Whole Foods Market in $5, $10 and $20 increments.

“We are honored to participate in the Stuff the Bus campaign with Capital Metro and Capital Area Food Bank,” said Whole Foods Market Lamar interim store team leader Wade Taylor. “Nourishing our communities is what Whole Foods Market is passionate about, and we are excited to rally with our guests around this great cause.”

Several Capital Metro bus routes are located within a block of whole Foods Market, including: 

  • #1L/1M North Lamar/South Congress
  • #3 Burnet/Manchaca
  • #4 Montopolis
  • #21/22 Exposition/Chicon
  • #101 N. Lamar/S. Congress Ltd.

“Capital Metro is so pleased to be a part of this wonderful holiday effort,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson. “We’re especially looking forward to working together with our partner organizations for the benefit of all Central Texans during this very special and giving time of the year.”

The three-day event will feature live music by local bands on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, from 12-4 p.m. at the donation site.

Capital Metro will also sponsor the Whole Foods Market Kid’s Club on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Employees and MetroAmbassador volunteers will be on hand to show children how to make colorful paper tree ornaments from recycled transit maps, ribbons and other materials.

People are invited to join the “Stuff the Bus” cause on Facebook or follow the event on Twitter at #StuffTheBus.

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ABOUT CAPITAL METRO 

Capital Metro’s mission is to connect people, jobs and communities by providing high-quality and sustainable transportation choices for our community. Capital Metro boasts the highest per capita ridership in Texas, providing an average of 110,000 rides each weekday onboard its local, flyer and express bus routes and Capital MetroRail, the region’s first commuter rail system. Capital Metro also provides MetroAccess service for passengers with disabilities, van and carpool coordination, and freight rail service.  For more information, including an online trip planner and a commute cost calculator, visit www.capmetro.org or call (512) 474-1200.

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ABOUT CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK OF TEXAS: 

The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank provides food and grocery products through a network of 300 Partner Agencies and feeding and nutrition programs across 21 Central Texas counties, serving 48,000 people every week. Over the past 3 years, CAFB has distributed 72 million pounds of food, or 24 million pounds of food on average every year. For more information on CAFB and its programs, visit www.austinfoodbank.org or call (512) 282-2111

ABOUT WHOLE FOODS MARKET®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 73,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of $11.7 billion and currently has more than 340 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

 


 

 

 

Campaña de Alimentos Pide Que Comunidad Ayude a “Rellenar el Autobús”

Austin, Texas – 10 de diciembre del 2012 Capital Metro, la tienda Whole Foods Market y el Capital Area Food Bank de Texas se han unidos por la primera vez para pedirle a la comunidad a ayudarlos a “Rellenar el Autobús” (“Stuff The Bus”) para asistir a residentes de la área con necesidades durante esta temporada festiva. La campaña de alimentos se llevara a cabo del 14 a 16 de diciembre en Whole Foods Market en el centro de Austin.

La meta de este evento de tres días será llenar un autobús de Capital Metro con 20.000 libras de alimentos no perecederos para beneficiar el Capital Area Food Bank de Texas. Según el banco de alimentos, 20.000 libras de comida equivale a 16.000 platos de comida para familias con necesidad en la comunidad.

“La comida donada para nuestra campaña será un ayudo tremendo para las personas que pasan hambre aquí en el central de Texas,” dijo Hank Perret, Presidente/CEO del Capital Area Food Bank de Texas. “No le podemos agradecer a nuestros colaboradores Capital Metro y Whole Foods Market suficientemente por su compromiso excepcional para mejorar las vidas de nuestros vecinos y amigos con necesidad en esta temporada.”

Donaciones serán aceptadas entre 8 a.m. ha 11 p.m. en el autobús de Capital Metro, ubicado en la esquina de la calle 6 y Bowie enfrente de la entrada del centro culinario de Whole Foods Market.  Voluntarios de las tres organizaciones estarán trabajando para aceptar alimentos y cargarlos al autobús.

El banco de alimentos busca donaciones de alimentos saludables no perecederos como: carnes enlatadas y atún, vegetales enlatados, pastas, frijoles, cereal saludable, y mantequilla de maní. Durante la campaña, participantes también podrán comprar donaciones pre-envasados dentro de Whole Foods Market en paquetes de $5, $10 o $20.

“Estamos honrados de poder participar en esta campaña con Capital Metro y el Capital Area Food Bank,” dijo el líder provisional del equipo de Whole Foods Market Wade Taylor. “Alimentando nuestras comunidades es lo que apasiona Whole Foods Market, y estamos felices de apoyar esta gran causa con nuestros clientes.”

Varias rutas de Capital Metro están ubicadas dentro de un bloque de Whole Foods Market, incluyendo:

  • #1L/1M North Lamar/South Congress
  • #3 Burnet/Manchaca
  • #4 Montopolis
  • #21/22 Exposition/Chicon
  • #101 N. Lamar/S. Congress Ltd.

“Capital Metro esta tan satisfecho de ser parte de este gran esfuerzo,” dijo Presidente/CEO de Capital Metro Linda S. Watson. “Especialmente esperamos trabar con nuestros colaboradores para beneficiar todas personas del central de Texas durante este tiempo especial del año.”

El evento de tres días incluirá música de bandas locales el viernes 14 de diciembre de 5-8 p.m., sábado y domingo de 12-4 p.m. en el sitio de donaciones.

Capital Metro también patrocinara el club de niños dentro (Whole Foods Kid’s Club) de la tienda Whole Foods Market el sábado y domingo desde 12-4 p.m. Empleados y embajadores voluntarios estarán dispuestos para enseñarle a los niños como hacer adornos hechos de mapas reciclados, cintas y otros materiales.

Invitamos a la comunidad a unirse a la causa para “Rellenar el Autobús” en Facebook o con seguir el evento en Twitter en #StuffTheBus.

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ACERCA DE CAPITAL METRO  

La misión de Capital Metro es conectar a las personas, a los empleos y a las comunidades a través de ofrecer opciones de transporte de alta calidad y altamente sostenibles para nuestra comunidad. Capital Metro cuenta con el mayor número de usuarios por cabeza en Texas, proporcionando un promedio de 110,000 viajes diarios en sus rutas de autobús locales, expresos y cortos.

Capital MetroRail es el primer sistema de tren urbano en la región. Capital Metro también ofrece servicios de MetroAccess para los pasajeros con discapacidades, coordinación de minivans y transportes colectivos, y el servicio de tren de carga. Para más información, incluyendo un planificador de viajes en línea y una calculadora de costos de viaje, visite http://www.capmetro.org o llame al (512) 474-1200.  

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CONTACTO PARA MÁS INFORMATION: 

Melissa Ayala, (512) 389-7572, (972) 765-3642 celular, melissa.ayala@capmetro.org