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36th Annual Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive to Kick Off on October 20

The 36th Annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive to benefit the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service officially begins on Friday, October 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. with a press conference at the Kroger store located at 9219 N. Lindbergh Drive in Peoria. Representatives from CityLink, the Peoria Friendship House and Kroger will be on hand to kick off the 36th annual food drive. During the press conference, it will be announced that Stuff-A-Bus plans to outdo the record-breaking success in 2022 and set a goal to reach a new record and collect 13 tons of food onto the vintage CityLink bus.

To mark the kickoff this year, there will be a live broadcast at the Kroger on Lindbergh from Cumulus Radio station Z 92.3 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. encouraging listeners to stop by the kickoff event and donate to Stuff-A-Bus. Additionally, there will be a special performance by the Peoria High School band immediately following the press conference outside the store by the vintage CityLink bus.            

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.

Also participating as longtime partners in the Stuff-A-Bus food drive are Cumulus Radio, WYZZ Fox 43, WMBD CBS 31, CIPROUD.com, and the Amalgamated Transit Union #416.

Donations will be collected at all Peoria Kroger locations and the Kroger store located in East Peoria from October 20 to November 29.  The final tonnage of food collected during the campaign will be announced at a press conference on November 29 at the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service.

For the most up-to-date information on this year’s food drive, please “like” the Stuff-A-Bus Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stuffabuspeoria and for a full list of donation drop off locations, please visit www.ridecitylink.org/about/stuff-a-bus.

  • DATE: Friday, October 20, 2023
  • TIME: 10:00 a.m. (expected to last approximately one hour)
  • LOCATION: Kroger store located at 9219 N. Lindbergh Drive, Peoria, IL 61615
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