FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:October 1, 2020
Media Contact: Robin Craig
NVTA AND TRANSDEV HOLD FOOD DRIVE FOR FIRE EVACUEES
Wildfires place an additional strain on pandemic-burdened food assistance programs
NAPA — NVTA and its Vine Transit Contractor, Transdev, are collecting nonperishable food items for evacuees of the Glass Fire.
The most needed items are cereal, canned goods, flour, pasta, rice, beans, chips, fruit cups, shelf-stable milk.
The food collected will be donated to the Salvation Army, which is currently providing over 2,000 meals daily to Napa County Emergency Operations Center housing and sheltering sites and fire evacuees. Vine Transit, which delivered 300 of these meals daily before the wildfires, is now delivering 1,500 meals per day. As meal deliveries increased, the need for additional supplies became apparent to Transdev.
After months of increased demand for food assistance due to pandemic unemployment, the wildfires have placed an additional burden on the Napa Food Bank, which provides much of the food served by the Salvation Army.
NVTA is offering a free ride on any Vine bus to passengers who deposit a nonperishable food item into onboard donation bins while boarding through October 19, 2020. Free rides must be redeemed at the time of donation. Donors may also dropoff non-perishable food items at the Soscol Gateway Transit Center ticket booth.
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) serves as the Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for Napa County, responsible for programming state and federal funds for local projects. A Joint Powers Authority, NVTA is responsible for the county’s short- and long-term regional transportation planning, working closely with its local, regional, state and federal partners to improve Napa County’s streets, highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. NVTA also manages the Vine Transit bus system, providing local fixed-route service in Napa, door-to-door paratransit and community shuttles, and regional express bus service throughout the North Bay.