Local organizations attempt to fill bus with food to raise hunger awareness
The 19th annual Stuff-A-Bus event takes place this year on Saturday, Nov. 5 at all 21 Calgary Co-op locations.
Calgary Transit will provide buses at each location and encourage people to stop by and make a food donation in order to "stuff a bus" full of food from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteers from Calgary Transit and the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank will be on site to collect donations and provide tax receipts. Pre-packaged bags of non-perishable food items will also be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the food bank.
"Hunger ... knows no season," said Keoma Duce, development co-ordinator for the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. "It's amazing the impact a box of food can make."
Last year Stuff-A-Bus raised $157,000 and the campaign hopes to beat that number this year.
Ron Collins, communications co-ordinator for Calgary Transit, said the main purpose of Stuff-A-Bus is to help the food bank raise donations and serve its clients.
"Lets face it, it's for the Calgary Food Bank," said Collins. "It's for the less fortunate people who can't put food on the table. It's for a very worthy cause."
"We're hoping for a good day this year. It's a fantastic way to give back to the community," Collins added.
Cindy Drummond, manager of communications for Calgary Co-op, explained Co-op's involvement with Stuff-A-Bus.
"We have strong partnerships with non-profit groups across Calgary and it just makes sense for us to be involved with a non-profit food organization, because we are a food-based company."
James Bergeron, a Stuff-A-Bus volunteer for two years, said there are many reasons why people should volunteer and help out with the event.
"It's different for every person," Bergeron said. "But for me, it gives me a sense of well-being. I like to to interact and help people."
The stuffed buses will converge at the Victoria Park Bus Barn to unload the food, where food bank trucks will pick up the donations and take it back to their warehouse.
Stuff-A-Bus donations can also be made to the Strathmore and Airdrie Co-op locations, and year-round food donations are always accepted at all Co-op, Sobeys and Safeway locations. Donations can also be made to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank warehouse year-round at 5000 - 11th St. SE.
Stuff the Bus 2011
Photo by: Asha Siad
Parked along the 200 Block of Stephen Avenue on Tuesday December 6,
Calgarians woke up to the second day of the Stuff the Bus Campaign.
This initiative, by Brewster Travel Canada and the United Way of Calgary and Area, is about stuffing the Brewster travel bus with warm
clothing and donations for the youth of Calgary.
Joey Sarpal, from the United Way of Calgary and Area, says that this
initiative is to bring awareness to the many youth, children and even
families that are on the streets who do not have enough clothes to
Lindsey Kendrick, from Brewster Travel Canada, looks content as she
holds up one out of the 90 bags of clothing that were donated to the
bus. She says that campaigns like Stuff the Bus are vital because it
does not ask people to buy something brand new, but instead look into
what they already have.
Donations of almost anything and everything from footwear to brand new
clothes and gloves overflow charitably inside the bus.
Tony Pietromonaco of Brewster Travel Canada steps inside to Stuff the
Bus with a donation of jackets from a generous citizen on the street.
The last time the campaign ran was in 2007 and it was only limited to
toys. It was brought back this year to include more items and with the
hope of running it annually.
Kate Akerman, from the United Way of Calgary and Area, proudly holds
up another street donation as she makes her way to the bus. The United
Way of Calgary and Area’s message this year is that change starts here
and it takes everyone to make a difference. That is being proven by
the amount of donations and support this initiative is receiving in
Although this campaign only ran for two days, the donations did not
slow down. Yesterday afternoon Lindsey Kendrick says they had a local
businessmen drop off 18 bags of clothing.
Lindsey Kendrick (left) and Lindsay Bagshaw (right) discuss the amount
of donations and the overwhelming generosity that they have witnessed
these past two days. Kendrick says people were out dropping off
donations this morning and that a man walked by and gave them the
jacket off of his back to donate.