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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials with the Montgomery County's Ride On bus system have released the results of its "Give and Ride" food drive.

According to officials, Ride On collected 7,682 pounds of food and other items during the week of April 6. During the event, riders got free bus rides if they donated canned or nonperishable food, formula, baby or toddler food, and juice.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said in a press release on Friday, "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."

The food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a Gaithersburg-based non-profit organization that feeds about 3,600 hungry families every month.

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