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Ride free on RTC transit services during Food for Fare

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On Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13, the Regional Transportation Commission will offer free rides on RTC transit services for a donation of non-perishable/non-expired food items.

This is the 21st year food donations will be collected instead of cash fares by coach operators on all RTC transit services: RIDE, RAPID, INTERCITY, SIERRA SPIRIT and ACCESS. Donations collected will benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which is celebrating its 30th year of service to the hungry in northern Nevada this year.

“We’re delighted to have the RTC continue their support of the food bank and our local community through their annual Food for Fare program,” said Cherie Jamason, president/CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. In 2011-2012, the Food Bank provided approximately 12.8 million meals and other services to their clients. “Programs like Food for Fare and food drives throughout the area help us to provide food for families in our community. We depend on local support during the holiday season and throughout the year. We very much appreciate the RTC’s leadership and partnership.”

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada was named the 2013-14 Member of the Year at the Feeding America National Executive Directors’ Forum in April.

Members of the public who do not ride transit can also donate food items. Donations can be delivered to any RTC coach operator at any one of RTC’s 1,100 bus stops throughout Reno/Sparks and Washoe County.

For route and schedule information visit www.rtcwashoe.com or call 775-348-RIDE.

About RTC
The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County serves the citizens of Reno, Sparks and unincorporated areas of Washoe County. As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the region, the RTC provides leadership in planning, public policy development and implementation of quality transportation systems through a commitment to excellence and stewardship to meet the community’s present and future transportation needs. For more information about RTC projects visit rtcwashoe.com and sign up for free email updates using MyRTC or call (775) 348-0400.

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