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Metra hands out donation bags for holiday food drive, to do so again in December

Commuter rail system pairs up with Greater Chicago Food Depository

Metra employees board an inbound train to Chicago at the Cary station Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Snow and ice-packed railroad switches along with the number of hours railroad employees can work are causing delays, cancellations and headaches for Metra commuters.
Metra employees board an inbound train to Chicago at the Cary station Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Snow and ice-packed railroad switches along with the number of hours railroad employees can work are causing delays, cancellations and headaches for Metra commuters.

Metra has teamed up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to host a holiday food drive this fall and winter season.

Volunteers with the Chicago Food Depository handed out food drive donation bags and online donation flyers Tuesday at Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago, asking commuters to fill the bags with nonperishable food items and bring them back to the station Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the rail system.

To donate online, visit www.chicagosfoodbank.org. Thanks to the depository’s buying power, $1 buys three meals.

The two organizations also will collect food Dec. 7 and 8 at the Millennium Station.

“Metra riders have always been very generous, and we expect nothing different this year,” Metra CEO and Executive Director Don Orseno said in a statement. “I would like to thank them in advance for helping their neighbors in need.”

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Cook County’s food bank. The Food Depository works with more than 700 partner agencies and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, to distribute 160,000 meals every day throughout the year.

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