Stuff the bus returns in time for back to school
This Thursday the Salvation Army is challenging the community to Stuff The Bus.
The event is set to go on August 31 and has become a community tradition. The goal is to fill a bus with food donations for the Salvation Army. This comes at an opportune time for the Salvation Army, as often their food bank’s shelves are depleting. It is also a time when the need to stock up on items for back to school.
“It is kind of touch and go. We just made a giant order,” said Jenessa McAuley, community and family worker at the Salvation Army. “We do have donations, but we also find we are making orders.”
There is a unique demand as the school year looms.
“As soon as September hits everything changes. There are a lot more families for sure,” she said.
Some of the items they need are snacks for packed lunches such as granola bars and pudding. McAuley says peanut butter is a staple they can always use, and in fact, they try to make sure it is a regular item in hampers. Tinned meat for sandwiches is also helpful.
Encana has come on board again this year. For every pound of food donated, Encana will donate $2, or for every $1 dollar donated, Encana will match it up it $3,000.
Organizer Shannon Wade is grateful for the company’s continued support.
New this year, they are hosting a barbecue on site. They are selling a burger and a pop for $5 with all of the funds going to The Salvation Army.
The bus will be in the parking lot at the ATB in Drumheller from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers are also offering a pickup service for those who can’t make it out.
For more information or to help out, contact Shannon Wade at 403-820-0897.
Stuff the Bus is set to go this Thursday at the ATB Parking Lot.This event helps the Salvation Army replenish its food bank shelves.