Stephens County “Stuffing the Bus”

The Stephens County High School Interact Club is once again looking to stuff the bus this Thanksgiving.

The club is currently undertaking its 3rd annual “Stuff the Bus” food drive.

During the drive, the club literally attempts to stuff a bus full of non-perishable food items in an effort to help the hungry.

Stephens County High School Interact Club Faculty Advisor Derek Demmler said that the high school is currently having an in-house competition to collect the most canned goods, with the class or faculty that raises the most this week winning free breakfast before the winter break.

Demmler said that food collections are starting to pick up.

“We started with a couple of bags of food and now I have seen a couple of cases, so there is buzz generated,” said Demmler.

This year, Demmler said the club is doing something a little different in conjunction with the food drive.

The club has teamed with the Toccoa Rotary Club to host a 5k race and fun run this Saturday morning.

The 5k run will start at 9 a.m. and the fun run will start at 8:30 a.m., said Demmler.

People can register for the race online by going to and searching for “Stuff the Bus 5K”, filling out a flyer located at local businesses around town, or coming out on Saturday morning.

The run will take place rain or shine and registration will start at the football stadium at 7:30 a.m.

Runners can bring a maximum of 10 pounds of food for a discount of off their registration fee.

The public can also donate by delivering non-perishable food items to the high school or bringing them out on Saturday morning.

Demmler said all of the food will remain in Stephens County.

“We have nine food pantries,” said Demmler.

The goal, he said, is 4,000 pounds total.

“That is about 500 pounds for each food pantry,” said Demmler.

Demmler said they are hoping for a good turnout for Saturday’s race to benefit a good cause.

Noting that 1 in 6 people nationwide suffer from a lack of food nationwide, Demmler said that would equal 4,357 people in Stephens County.

“(That number) is a little higher than every student in the Stephens County School System, Pre-K through 12th grade,” said Demmler.

For more information on the “Stuff the Bus” food drive and run, contact Derek Demmler at, call the Rev. Mary Demmler at 706-716-9347, or follow the “Stuff the Bus 5K” Facebook page.