The 36th Annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive to benefit the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service officially wrapped up on Wednesday, November 29. The campaign began on October 28 and concluded with a press conference at the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service to announce the total weight of the food collected during the campaign, immediately followed by the Peoria Rivermen and Peoria Mustangs players and other volunteers unloading the bus of the donations collected.
The total weight of donations collected on the bus during this year’s Stuff-A-Bus food drive totaled 20,000 pounds or 10 tons.
“We are grateful that a total of 10 tons of food were collected on the vintage CityLink bus during the 36th Annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive. This food drive would not be a success without the generosity and support we receive from the local community. These donations are a blessing to the families we serve, and they will keep our food pantry filled for the next several months.”Marcellus Sommerville, President and CEO of Peoria Friendship House.
For the past 36 years, CityLink has hosted the Stuff-A-Bus food drive to help eliminate hunger in Peoria. With a long partnership with Kroger to collect enough food to stuff a classic CityLink bus, the donations collected during the annual food drive benefit the food pantry at the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service. In a year, the Peoria Friendship House food pantry provides an average of 150,000 meals to those dealing with hunger in Peoria.
In addition to Kroger, Cumulus Radio, WYZZ Fox 43, WMBD CBS 31 and CIPROUD.com were media partners in this food drive. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local #416 is also a long-time participating sponsor of Stuff-A-Bus.
Other organizations and businesses that volunteered their time, resources and/or collected food include:
Accolade of Peoria residents and staff; Ag-Land FS; Amalgamated Transit Union Local #416; B20 Club of Illinois/Illinois Soybean Association; Central Illinois Ghostbusters; CityLink administrative staff; City of West Peoria administrative staff and residents; Coach Bre Cottage Cheerleading and Dance Company; Community Workshop and Training Center (CWTC); CSL Plasma; Cumulus Radio staff and listeners; First Baptist Church of Peoria; First Christian Church of Peoria; GateWay at River City residents and staff; Independence Village Senior Living residents and staff; Jones Bros. Jewelers; Lutheran Hillside Village residents and staff; OneFire Media/Peoria Next Innovation Center; Peoria Chiefs; Peoria Christian Middle School; Peoria Fire Department; Peoria Police Department; Peoria Production Solutions; Proctor Place Senior Living residents and staff; Peoria District 150 Schools: Dr. Maude A. Saunders Primary School, Hines Primary School, Peoria High School, Von Steuben Middle School and Trewyn K-8 School; Peoria Mustangs; Peoria Riverfront Museum; Peoria Rivermen; Philippi Hagenbuch; River City Construction; Tazewell County Resource Center; Transdev staff (CityLift and CountyLink); Universal Logistics; Wilder-Waite Grade School; Wink’s Iron Lot; and WMBD/WYZZ staff and viewers.
The Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service was established in 1951 as a response to the great need for assistance to individuals and families living in deep poverty. Peoria Friendship House provides valuable services such as food, medical assistance, youth education, adult education, employment preparation, and finance and employment coaching, while encouraging lasting change for those it serves. Their Advocacy, Coaching, Education and Support approach provides wrap-around services supported by short and long-term coaching for both the Latino and English-speaking communities. The staff at the
Peoria Friendship House are dedicated to providing hope and guidance that offers a “hand-up” rather than handout. Peoria Friendship House forms collaborations with community partners to provide resources outside of their agency. For further information on Peoria Friendship House programs, please call 309-671-5200 or visit their website at www.friendship.house. The Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service is proud to be a Heart of Illinois United Way Community Partner.