(Bradenton, FL. – October 31, 2012) In the ongoing effort to help feed the hungry in our community, the 4th annual “Stuff the Bus” event will take place at all Manatee County Publix Super Markets on Saturday, Nov. 17th from 9am until dark and Sunday, Nov. 18th from 9am until 4pm. This initiative is a partnership between the Manatee School District, Publix, Tropicana, FM radio stations 106.5 CTQ and 92.1 The Coast, and United Way of Manatee County, to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee.
“What started as an idea from a few employees in the School Transportation Department has become one of the largest community efforts to help The Food Bank of Manatee to feed children and families in need,” said Scott Martin, with The School District of Manatee County. “With the holiday season approaching, we encourage everyone to come together and give food to help those less fortunate.”
There are more than 2,000 children in the Manatee County school system who are homeless and unsure of how they are going to get their next meal. Through its 100 partner agencies, including the school district’s Project Heart, The Food Bank helps to ensure that these families are not going hungry.
Philip Brown, President of United Way of Manatee County said, “Fortunately, we live in a community that cares for one another. This initiative is a perfect example of how reaching out a hand to one can influence the condition of all. From the collaborated efforts of all of our partners and sponsors, to the folks donating their hard earned money by buying food, to the dedicated volunteers that give their time to see this project through, we are able to make a huge impact in the fight against hunger.”
Last year, the Stuff the Bus event collected more than 100,000 pounds of food – this year, the goal is to collect 130,000 pounds. Volunteers are needed to help at Publix stores during the event. Those interested in helping should call Darlene Reynolds at 708.8770, ext. 2259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.