Stuff the Bus sets 20-ton goal to feed Delaware’s needy

 

Stuffing the bus: St. Peter Cathedral School students
Stuffing the bus: St. Peter Cathedral School students

DART is hoping to collect 20 tons of food for needy Delawareans in its 23rd year of Stuff the Bus.

The campaign, a partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware, runs Nov. 9-14.

To adjust to the governor’s emergency declaration, Stuff the Bus will use smaller paratransit buses. “The wheelchair ramp will be deployed and used to hold empty boxes for people to place their donations, so there won’t be a need to have them board the bus,” said Julie Theyerl, chief customer experience officer for the Delaware Transit Corp. “Also, volunteers will be supplied with PPE, as well as [being] available for the public.”

Stuff the Bus will collect food at seven sites.

Monday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Safeway, 19283 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Walmart, 939 N. du Pont Blvd., Milford; and Safeway, 190 John Hunn Brown Road, Dover.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: ShopRite of First State Plaza, 1600 W. Newport Pike, Stanton.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.: Rodney Square, Market Street side, Wilmington.

Friday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: ShopRite of Brandywine Commons, 1300 Rocky Run Parkway, Brandywine Hundred.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: ShopRite of Four Seasons, 700 Plaza Drive, Newark.

DART also encourages the public to donate directly to the food bank, via 292-1305, or www.FBD.org.

News about other holiday food drives

• Charity Crossing’s University of Delaware chapter is collecting food, hygiene items and clothing (especially socks) through Dec. 13 for the Friendship House.

• The Food Bank of Delaware annual holiday food drive is virtual. “The new virtual food drive mirrors an online shopping experience where shoppers can select food items and place them in a shopping cart to check out and make a secure tax-deductible donation to the food bank,” the nonprofit said in a statement. Another page of the food bank’s site says its “delivery schedule for barrels and food drive pick ups is now booked until after Thanksgiving.”

• The Kent County Department of Public Safety’s ninth annual food drive for the food bank runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Redner’s on Route 8.

• Mountaire Farms is continuing with its Thanksgiving for Thousands program, which prepares 10,000 meals featuring “a plump Mountaire roaster chicken and all the holiday fixings.” The Selbyville company works with the Delaware Community Foundation and 175 local partners. Volunteers are needed for packing on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 and distributing on Nov. 23, with all shifts socially distanced and outdoors.

• Stormin’ Norman’s statewide turkey drive has been canceled by the pandemic, founder Norman Oliver said. Instead of in-person gatherings to help 30,000 people, Food Lion, Nor Enterprises/Our Youth and Multiplying Good are giving out Food Lion gift cards to the management of senior high rises in Wilmington to pass along to residents.

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