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DART News Release

Media Relations Contact:
Gordon Shattles
Mark A. Ball

April 9, 2020

DART Buses Deliver Meals for DISD Students

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus operators are making sure that Dallas Independent School District (DISD) students throughout the region still get the meals they need as they learn from home.

Knowing the importance of keeping children fed and connected with school, the two agencies have partnered together to deliver weekly meals for students, with the first DART busload of food arriving today at Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center.

Using DART buses for meal delivery helps DISD reach families that utilize state-sponsored school lunches, makes it more practical for families that are transit-dependent and helps families that are working.

DART bus operators will keep busy too. They will be picking up food at DISD's distribution center and transporting it to three different Dallas pickup locations: Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, Janie Turner Recreation Center and Highland Hills Branch Library.

Each bus will deliver 1,500 meals, enough for 100 families per bus, 15 meals per student, for a total of 4,500 meals weekly for distribution by DISD employees.

The school district has already provided more than one million meals in the last two weeks, but the number of people needing food is expected to increase. The new partnership allows DART to help out by leveraging currently available assets and capabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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