A long-standing Calgary tradition, Stuff-a-Bus, took place Nov. 3, as Calgarians filled several city buses with donations to the local food bank.
The donations will go to individuals and families in need this holiday season.
Due to the recent decline in the economy, the Calgary Food Bank has experienced an upsurge in demand. Stuff-a-Bus remains one of Calgary’s largest single-day food drives to this day.
Doug Morgan, director of Calgary Transit, and Jyoti Gondek, Deputy Mayor, also were on hand for the event, which is co-sponsored by the transit system and the Calgary Co-op.
Morgan explained that anyone could donate and it could be as much or as little as they so pleased.
More than 100 staff, each an unpaid volunteer, managed at 20 locations in Calgary and Airdrie Co-op locations, and awarded prizes to those who participated.
More than 20 transit buses were filled. According to Shawna Ogston, communications consultant for the Calgary Food Bank, it was the busiest year they had had in a while.
In 2017, Stuff a Bus garnered 48,000 donations, which comprised 57,000 pounds of food.
“It’s the best job in the world, but don’t tell my boss that or he’ll stop paying me.” said Morgan.
Though the event was citywide, the bus located at the Co-op on Richmond Road S.W. was the main site for the event.