The 33rd Annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive took place virtually from October 23, 2020 to December 1, 2020. The goal was to collect $10,000 in monetary donations for the purchase of non-perishable food for the food pantry at the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service. A grand total of $17,393 in monetary donations were collected during the 2020 food drive. The virtual bus was over 173% filled and went well over the $10,000 goal!
“We are beyond thrilled we were able to more than exceed our goal and collect $17,393 in donations for the 33rd Annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive. Having to transition to a virtual food drive presented its challenges, but the generosity we have seen this year just shows the support the community continues to have for this food drive. The Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service is grateful for these donations, which will be a blessing to the families we serve in our food pantry,” said Marcellus Sommerville, President and CEO of Peoria Friendship House.
For the past 33 years, CityLink has hosted the Stuff-A-Bus food drive to help eliminate hunger in Peoria. Donations collected benefit the food pantry at the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service. The Peoria Friendship House provides 350 meals weekly to those dealing with hunger. The food drive was hosted differently in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Stuff-A-Bus Committee chose not to collect any physical donations to load onto the vintage bus. Instead, the goal was to collect $10,000 in monetary donations.
Kroger has been the grocery store partner for Stuff-A-Bus for many years. Cumulus Radio, WYZZ Fox 43, WMBD CBS 31 and CIPROUD.com are the 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 contributed to the 2020 Stuff-A-Bus food drive include: Ag-Land FS, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local #416; B20 Club in Illinois; CityLink administrative staff; Cumulus Radio staff and listeners; First Baptist Church of Peoria; Ghostbusters of Central Illinois; Peoria Riverfront Museum staff and patrons; the City of West Peoria administrative staff and residents; 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.
For the most up-to-date information on the food drive, please visit and like the official Stuff-A-Bus Facebook page. If you would like to get involved in this year’s food drive, please contact Emily Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECOMMENDED FOOD DONATIONS
- Protein – Canned Meat, Beef Stew, Tuna, Canned Chili, Peanut Butter, Canned and Dried Beans
- Fruits & Vegetables – Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Canned Soup, Fruit Juices, Jelly
- Carbohydrates – Pasta, Rice, Instant Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Cereal, Pancake Mix, Oatmeal, Cake Mixes
- Dairy – Canned Milk, Instant Pudding