The Allegan County United Way & Volunteer Center invites shoppers throughout Allegan County to donate non-perishable food and/or funds during the Stuff the Bus food drive on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9. “Every part of Allegan County has a significant number of households who need help now and then,” says United Way President & CEO Denise Hartsough. “We’re glad to offer an opportunity for neighbors to help each other.”
Donors can add their contributions to school buses parked at nine sites: Hardings Markets in Otsego, Plainwell and Wayland, DeMond’s Super Valu in Douglas, Sav-a-Lot and Village Market in Allegan, Wagner’s in Fennville, Dick’s Market in Dorr, and the Hamilton Food Center. Donations will help restock the shelves of ten local food pantries: Allegan County Central Food Pantry (Allegan), Allegan United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors (Douglas), Christian Neighbors Southeast (Plainwell), Ladders of Hope (Fennville), Love INC (Pullman), Martin United Methodist Church, Project Hope (Dorr), St. Vincent DePaul (Otsego), and Wayland Area Christian Neighbors Food Pantry.
Over the summer, children do not have access to breakfast or lunch at school. That means families turn to food pantries more often, and so pantries need extra donations to help those families stretch their tight budgets.
Stuff the Bus benefits from the generosity of school districts that provide the buses: Wayland, Saugatuck, Plainwell, Otsego, Hamilton, Fennville, and Allegan.