Stuff the Bus for the Needy

By: April Douglas
By: April Douglas

The Tallahassee streets were short a city bus Wednesday afternoon as residents and drivers worked to “stuff the bus” full of canned goods.

Seats in the city bus are filling up not with passengers, but with canned goods for neighbors in need. The effort to feed the needy drove David Hall to also load up his pickup with food.

David says, "A lot of people in need, just want to give a little, help to needy for the holidays."

This is the fourth annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive to help feed the homeless for the holidays. Donations are sent to the Second Harvest of the Big Bend, which helps roughly 60,000 families in the area.

Julie Blakley of Second Harvest of the Big Bend says, "Average year needs would be great because of hurricanes there's been greater need in [the] Big Bend and [the] entire state."

So how much does it take to stuff a bus? Last year, TalTran packed the vehicle with a ton of food. This year they're hoping to surpass that amount. TalTran drivers are the first to chip in.

Dexter Martin of TalTran says, "By the start of the day probably 200 to 300 pounds from drivers alone."

A full bus guarantees full tummies this holiday season. Wednesday’s food bank took place on Magnolia Drive in Tallahassee.


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