Highways and Transportation Commission, MoDOT Present I-64 Award Donation to Operation Food Search
ST. LOUIS - Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission members and Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith today presented a $10,000 donation to Operation Food Search. The donation stemmed from national recognition received by the Interstate 64 project in St. Louis.
In October, I-64 received the America's Transportation Award Grand Prize from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The project was recognized for rebuilding 10 miles of interstate ahead of schedule and under budget. The work required two full years of highway closures. Along with the national recognition, the award provides a $10,000 donation to be given to a charity of the recipient's choice.
"The citizens of St. Louis had to be flexible for two years while I-64 was closed for reconstruction," said MoDOT Director Kevin Keith. "This donation is just a small thank you to St. Louis for its cooperation and support for this project. We have shown the country how a community can work together when faced with a major infrastructure project."
During the I-64 opening ceremony in December 2009, MoDOT teamed with Operation Food Search to collect food and money to feed the hungry in St. Louis. Keith said it was fitting for MoDOT to continue its partnership with Operation Food Search through the $10,000 donation.
Operation Food Search supplies food and necessities to 265 member agencies in 31 counties of Missouri and Illinois. Each month, Operation Food Search distributes more than two million pounds of food and household items to feed more than 120,000 people every single month. Nearly half of the recipients are children.
For more information on the America's Transportation Award, visit http://www.americastransportationaward.org/, and for details on the I-64 project, visit http://www.thenewi64.org/. Additional information on Operation Food Search can be found at http://www.operationfoodsearch.org/.