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30th Anniversary Celebration of the Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive Features Local Family at Kickoff

The 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Stuff-A-Bus food drive is underway!  The annual food drive benefits the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service and it officially began on Friday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. with a press conference at the Kroger store located at 801 W. Lake Avenue in Peoria.  Representatives from CityLink, the Peoria Friendship House and Kroger were on hand to kick off the annual food drive.  The goal this year is to collect 10 tons of food!

The classic 1975 CityLink bus is looking as good as ever for the 30th Anniversary of the food drive. New signs have been installed on the bus to celebrate the anniversary.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary of the Stuff-A-Bus food drive, 30 families/individuals who are currently using or have used the services provided by the Peoria Friendship House will be featured on the official Stuff-A-Bus Facebook page.  New stories will be posted on the Facebook page throughout the duration of the food drive.

At the kickoff press conference Natasha Jones was introduced by Robert Montgomery, the new CEO/President of the Peoria Friendship House.  Natasha is a current client of Peoria Friendship House and she utilizes the services provided by the organization, including their food pantry, to help feed her and her four children.

Robert Montgomery introduces Natasha Jones during the press conference.

Natasha was admittedly nervous to speak in front of the crowd gathered for the press conference, but she did a great job!

We are hoping to fill bins just like this one at all of the participating Kroger stores multiple times throughout the duration of the campaign.

Pre-packaged donation bags for $3, $5, or $10 like the ones on this table can be purchased at the participating Kroger stores. You simply place the donated bag in the bins located at the front of each store. Donating to Stuff-A-Bus easy and hassle-free!

Several Members of this year's Stuff-A-Bus Committee at the press conference. (L-R: Sandy Arreguin from Peoria Friendship House; Robert Montgomery from Peoria Friendship House; Emily Watson from CityLink; Corey Sebens from the ATU Local #416; Desiree Carlson from CityLink; Ellen Lee from WMBD/WYZZ TV; and Robert Caruth from Cumulus Radio)

You can view more photos from the kickoff press conference here. For more information on the 2017 Stuff-A-Bus food drive, including a list of the various drop off locations, please visit and be sure to "like" Stuff-A-Bus on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on the campaign!

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