“Stuff the Bus” Food Drive Underway

Students at Stephens County High School are once again looking to “stuff the bus” to help fight hunger in the area.

This year’s “Stuff the Bus” food drive starts today and is sponsored this year by the Stephens County High School Interact Club. Interact is a club sponsored by Rotary International to encourage young people to live into the Rotary motto of “service above self.”

Interact Club members Staci Moore, Bailey Taylor, and Bailey Dickinson recently stopped by AM 630 WNEG to talk about the drive.

Moore said that hunger is a significant problem in Stephens County.

“In Stephens County alone, 17 percent of people are living below poverty level and 34.2 percent of the children in our area only receive food at school,” said Moore.

Taylor said the goal is to fill a school bus with food to donate to local food pantries.

“We are trying to collect 4,000 pounds of non-perishable food,” said Taylor. “Some of the specific items we are looking for are peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and canned meats and vegetables.”

This year’s drive runs from today through November 15.

Dickinson said that food can be dropped off at a number of locations throughout the community.

“People can drop off food at marked bins at Stephens County High School, First Citizens Bank, Stephens Federal Bank, Community Bank and Trust, First Franklin Financial, Northeast Georgia Bank, the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, and WNEG Radio,” said Dickinson.

There will also be two special collections over the course of the drive. One is at tomorrow’s Stephens County High School football game at the Reservation. The second will be on November 13 in the parking lot in front of Belk’s in Toccoa.

All donations will be distributed to local food pantries on November 17.