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'Stuff the Bus' Brings in 3,583 Food Items for Local Food Pantries

April 16, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – The annual "Stuff the Bus, Get Off Your Cans" food drive, held April 11 around Macomb, collected 3,583 non-perishable food items and nearly $1,580.

The donations were given to the Loaves and Fishes, Etc. and Western Illinois Regional Council – Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA) food pantries. A small amount of the food items were given to the new WIU Food Pantry, opened recently on campus.

Event organizers thank all of the WIU students, faculty and staff who volunteered their time with the planning and execution of this year's event.

The annual event would not be possible without the help of Western Illinois University, Western Illinois University Housing and Dining, Go West Transit, the Office of Student Activities, Western's All Volunteer Effort, the Latin American Student Organization, Alpha Psi Lambda, Eta Sigma Gamma, Alpha Sigma Tau, Love Me Naturally, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Association of Colored Women's Club, the Black Student Association,the Communication Student Society, the WIU Equestrian Club, the WIU Food Pantry, Gamma Phi Omega, the Psychology Graduate Program, Women in Business, the Severe Weather Club, Western's 1st Generation Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, the Preeminent Ladies Society, Lambda Theta Alpha, the National Association of Black Journalists, Reedeem Christian Fellowship, Bayliss-Henninger, Thompson, Corbin-Olson, Tanner and Lincoln-Washington-Grote halls, the University Union, NTN Bower, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lakeview Nature Center, McDonough District Hospital, Walmart, Hy-Vee, County Market, Jackson Street Market and the Sodexo Management Team.

Since 2008, the local food drive has collected more than 100,000 pounds of food.

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