NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2012
Public Information Officer
Office 510 874-7474
California Rail Partners Join Forces to Help “Fight Hunger One Stop at a Time”
Capitol Corridor, Amtrak and Caltrans (Amtrak California) to Help Families in Need in Northern and Central California
OAKLAND, CALIF., May 30, 2012 — Capitol Corridor, Amtrak, Caltrans (Amtrak California) and 13 Northern California food banks invite the public to help “Fight Hunger One Stop at a Time.” From June 1 to June 15, 2012, these rail partners will accept nonperishable food donations at staffed intercity passenger stations from Sacramento to Bakersfield. “Together the San Joaquin and the Capitol Corridor make up 10 percent of all Amtrak riders in the nation,” Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Managing Director David Kutrosky said. “Our 10 percent has the potential to give 100 percent back to our communities.”
“The beginning of summer is a critical time to replenish food banks,” Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Board Chair Bob Franklin said. “During the school year many children in need are served meals at school, but they lose that resource when classes break for summer. We want to fight hunger by asking our passengers and the communities along our corridor to donate nutritious, nonperishable food items at the collection bins at our stations.” The public may also help fight hunger by donating online on the food bank websites.
“Collectively, our passengers and the public can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need by donating to local food banks,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said.
Donors are encouraged to drop-off nonperishable food at the following stations. No glass containers, please.
Sacramento Amtrak Station: 401 “I” Street at 5th, 95814
Davis Amtrak Station: 840 2nd Street at H Street, 95616
Martinez Amtrak Station: 601 Marina Vista Drive, 94553
Emeryville Amtrak Station: 5885 Horton Street, 94608
Oakland Jack London Square Amtrak Station: 245 Second Street, 94607
San Francisco Ferry Building Amtrak Station: 101 Embarcadero at Mission, 94105
San Jose/Diridon Station: 65 Cahill Street, 95110
Stockton Amtrak Station: 735 South San Joaquin Street, 95203
Merced Amtrak Station, 324 West 24th Street, 95340
Modesto Amtrak Station, 1700 Held Drive, 95355
Fresno Santa Fe Station, 2650 Tulare Street, 93721
Hanford Amtrak Station, 200 Santa Fe Avenue, #A, 93230
Bakersfield Amtrak Station, 601 Truxtun Avenue, 93301
To help Placer County families in need, Union Pacific is hosting a collection bin at its Roseville headquarters. Other agencies participating this year to fight hunger include Solano Transportation Authority and Sacramento Regional Transit.
Food Bank Partners
The partnering food banks are: Placer Food Bank, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Food Bank of Yolo County, Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, San Francisco Food Bank, Alameda County Community Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Community Food Bank of Fresno, Kings Community Action Organization in Hanford, Community Action Partnership of Kern, Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislous Counties, Emergency Food Bank of Greater Stockton and the Merced County Food Bank.
Donors may make financial donations to help fight hunger all year round via the following websites:
About Capitol Corridor® – The Capitol Corridor serves sixteen stations along the 170-mile rail corridor connecting Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, paralleling both the I-80/I-680 and I-880 corridors in segments from Sacramento to San Jose. In July 1998, the management of the service was transferred to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA). The CCJPA partners with Amtrak, Union Pacific Railroad, Caltrans and the communities comprising the CCJPA to offer cost-effective intercity passenger rail and offers a convenient way to travel between the Sierra Foothills, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley/San Jose. For details visit capitolcorridor.org or call 1-877-974-3322. Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/CapitolCorridor and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CapitolCorridor.
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About Amtrak California® – Caltrans, through the largest passenger rail capital assistance program in the country, contributes $90 million annually to fund three of the busiest state-supported intercity passenger rail services in the nation: the Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, and Capitol Corridor. Under the Amtrak California banner, Caltrans manages the Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin Corridors. Visit us at AmtrakCalifornia.com; join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/amtrakcalifornia; or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Amtrak_CA. Amtrak California is a Caltrans and Amtrak partnership.