Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system collected nearly 7,700 pounds of food and other items this year during its annual “Give and Ride” food drive that took place the week of April 6. Bus passengers received free rides by donating canned or nonperishable food, formula, baby or toddler food, and juice.

“I am very proud of Ride On’s continuing commitment to helping those in need in our community,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “Ride On is more than a bus service – it’s a family of caring individuals who reach out to make a difference in the lives of others. We appreciate the efforts of our passengers and employees who made the food drive a success, especially during this time of economic hardship.”

All food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a Gaithersburg-based non-profit organization that distributes food to the County’s neediest residents. Manna requested that Ride On hold its annual food collection drive in the spring to better meet community food distribution needs. Manna feeds about 3,600 hungry families every month. Eligible clients in need of emergency food assistance may receive food every 30 days.