Help needed for Stuff the Bus in Manatee County

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BRADENTON, FL. - In the ongoing effort to help feed the hungry in our community, the 4th annual “Stuff the Bus” event will take place at all Manatee County Publix Super Markets this Saturday from 9 a.m. until dark and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee.

This initiative is a partnership between the Manatee School District, Publix, Tropicana, FM radio stations 106.5 CTQ and 92.1 The Coast, and United Way of Manatee County “What started as an idea from a few employees in the School Transportation Department has become one of the largest community efforts to help The Food Bank of Manatee to feed children and families in need,” said Scott Martin, Assistant Superintendent, School District Support Services. “With the holiday season approaching, we encourage everyone to come together and give food to help those less fortunate.”

There are more than 2,000 children in the Manatee County school system that are homeless and unsure of how they are going to get their next meal. Through its 100 partner agencies, including the school district’s Project Heart, The Food Bank helps to ensure that these families do not go hungry.

“Fortunately, we live in a community that cares for one another,” said Philip Brown, President of United Way of Manatee County. “This initiative is a perfect example of how reaching out a hand to one can influence the condition of all.”

Last year, the Stuff the Bus event collected more than 120,000 pounds of food – this year, the goal is to collect 130,000 pounds. Volunteers are needed to help at Publix stores during the event. Those interested in helping should call Terri Dingler at 708-8800, ext. 1125 or email dinglert@manateeschools.net.