(Bradenton, FL. –December 1, 2014) The response to the 6th annual “Stuff the Bus” event, which took place on November 22nd and 23rd, was overwhelming! Manatee County School District buses were parked in front of all Publix locations and area shoppers were encouraged to donate food to fill every bus. More than 110,000 pounds of food were collected for The Food Bank of Manatee to help in the ongoing effort to feed the hungry in our community.
This initiative is a partnership between the School District of Manatee County, Publix Super Markets, 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.
School District of Manatee County Superintendent Rick Mills stated, “Stuff the Bus does more than meet the needs of many children and families in our community – it provides a very visible example of what good people can accomplish when they work together for a worthy cause.”
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. Together, we are able to make a huge impact in the fight against hunger.”
“In a single weekend our community came together in a way that will help our friends and neighbors in need during the holiday season and into the new year and beyond,” said Maribeth Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Meals on Wheels PLUS, which operates The Food Bank of Manatee. “I am humbled by the generosity of our donors, volunteers and sponsors, as well as the dedication of our staff. The charitable spirit demonstrated by all involved in Stuff the Bus is the perfect lead-in to the celebration of Thanksgiving.”
For more information about this event, or to receive additional photos from the event, please contact Angela Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-465-6992.