In an effort to feed the area's hungry, the fourth annual "Stuff the Bus" event will take place at local Publix supermarkets this weekend.
The drive to collect non-perishable food for The Food Bank of Manatee will run from 9 a.m. to sunset Nov. 17, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.
The initiative is a partnership between the Manatee County School District, Publix, Tropicana, FM radio stations 106.5 CTQ and 92.1 The Coast, and the United Way of Manatee County.
“What started as an idea from a few employees in the School Transportation Department has become one of the largest community efforts to help The Food Bank of Manatee to feed children and families in need,” said Scott Martin, Assistant Superintendent, School District Support Services. “With the holiday season approaching, we encourage everyone to come together and give food to help those less fortunate.”
Manatee County has more than 2,000 children that are homeless. Through its 100 partner agencies, including the school district’s Project Heart, The Food Bank helps to ensure that these children and their families do not go hungry.
Organizers hope to collect 130,000 pounds of food this year.
Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Terri Dingler at 708-8800 Ext. 1125 or email [email protected].
Contact Pam Eubanks at [email protected].