Stuff a Bus campaign wraps up

Dec 2, 2013

Volunteers organizing from Stuff a Bus campaign
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio
The 26th annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign was able to collect more food than last year despite competition from tornado relief efforts. The Peoria Friendship House, CityLink and Kroger wrapped up the campaign Monday.

More than nine tons of food was donated since October 26th. Kroger donated even more canned goods Monday, making the total amount collected to ten tons.

Melanie McNiff is the President of the Friendship House. She says there were two weeks left in the campaign when tornadoes tore through central Illinois. 

“What happens is that when there is a need, people are good and they care about their neighbor. And you saw the response nationally for Washington, East Peoria and Pekin, but they didn’t forget that people were still hungry in the neighborhoods. So we weren’t really worried about that because people step up.”

McNiff says the food collected is dispersed to area residents in need throughout the year. More than 52-thousand meals are provided annually.