Peoria Friendship House

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Grocery shoppers at Kroger today were met by television cameras at the checkout aisle. The Stuff-a-Bus food drive launched its annual campaign with its loftiest goal yet. The idea is to collect so much food it won’t all fit in a retired CityLink Bus.

This year’s goal to raise 13 tons of food is driven by a shortage at the Peoria Friendship House pantry. CEO Melanie McNiff says the nonprofit ran out of food for the first time ever.       

“We actually didn’t think that we could fill the bus any more than we did last year,” McNiff said.

Stuff-a-Bus campaign 'a success' in a year of need

Dec 1, 2015
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Organizers of the Stuff-a-Bus campaign say this year’s food drive was a success. 

CityLink and Peoria Friendship House concluded their annual food drive with the unloading of a derelict bus filled with more than seven tons of food donations Tuesday. 

Friendship House CEO Melanie McNiff says the non-profit is seeing about 10 to 15 new families a week who’ve never previously relied on a food pantry. McNiff says she thinks cuts in state spending and the budget freeze are to blame.

Stuff-a-Bus weigh in a success

Dec 1, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

The 27th annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign concluded Monday.

Friendship House gets ready for Stuff a Bus campaign

Oct 16, 2013

The Peoria Friendship House is getting ready to begin its annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign to collect food for its pantry. The not-for-profit held a kick-off luncheon Wednesday.

Peoria Friendship House hosting health fair

Aug 2, 2013
Maryland Pharmaceutical Society

The Peoria Friendship House is hosting a community health event Saturday. Peoria Public Radio’s Orko Manna reports the Community Unity Day and health fair combines two annual Friendship House events: