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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons
Mark A. Ball

December 19, 2011

DART staff delivers food by the busload to Union Gospel Mission

Employees at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) collected 9,849 pounds of canned and nonperishable food along with $9,360 dollars for the Union Gospel Mission of Dallas during their annual 'Friendly Food Fight' between agency departments, divisions and consultants.

The fun food-drive competition to help provide for the homeless men and women of north Texas collected 4.92 tons of goods between December 1 and 16. Food collected during the transit agency's 15-year old campaign totals more than 167,000 pounds or 84 tons. That weight is equivalent to five 40-passenger buses.

DART employees look on as Gary Thomas, President/Executive Director presents to Bill Thompson, Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission of Dallas, 4.92 tons of food and $9,360 collected during the agency's annual 'Friendly Food Fight.'
DART employees look on as Gary Thomas, President/Executive Director presents to Bill Thompson, Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission of Dallas, 4.92 tons of food and $9,360 collected during the agency's annual "Friendly Food Fight."

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Union Gospel Mission of Dallas is a non-profit organization that has served the Dallas County community since 1949 by providing food, beds and clothing.


On Saturday, DART Police also provided holiday meals and toys to more than 300 families through their Santa Cops program. Many of the items were collected through DART's "stuff-a-bus" in early December. More than two buses were filled. The items also supported another employee initiative, "Comforting of the Souls," which provides blankets and warm clothes to residents of six area nursing homes.

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