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Galesburg hosts 'Stuff the Bus' food drive campaign

Galesburg businesses are stuffing buses with food donations throughout November.
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GALESBURG, Ill. — The City of Galesburg is kicking off its 2nd annual Stuff the Bus food drive campaign Nov. 1-23.

Buses will be stuffed with donations and parked at the following locations:

  • Nov. 1-3: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of Galesburg Transit Facility, 1025 Monmouth Boulevard.
  • Nov. 4: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Save-a-lot, 900 E Main St.
  • Nov. 5: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart, 659 Knox Square Drive.
  • Nov. 8-10:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of Galesburg Transit Facility, 1025 Monmouth Boulevard.
  • Nov. 11: 4-8 p.m. at the Lakeside Recreation Facility, 1033 South Lake Storey Road.
  • Nov. 12: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hy-Vee, 1975 National Boulevard.
  • Nov. 15-18: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of Galesburg Transit Facility, 1025 Monmouth Boulevard.
  • Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hy-Vee, 2030 E Main Street.
  • Nov. 22: 10 a.m. to noon at The Strength Collective, 1964 North Henderson St.
  • Nov. 23: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 150 South Broad St.

The city also said donation boxes will be at these spots from Nov. 1-23:

  • City Hall, 55 W. Tompkins St.
  • City of Galesburg Transit Facility, 1025 Monmouth Boulevard.
  • Lakeside Recreation Facility, 1033 S. Lake Storey Road.
  • The Strength Collective, 1964 N Henderson St.

The Stuff the Bus campaign aims to target food shortages throughout the area. According to Feeding America, an estimated 45 million people in the U.S., including 15 million children, may have experienced food insecurity in 2021.

“The City of Galesburg is thrilled to coordinate with local businesses to bring the Stuff the Bus Campaign back for a second year,” City Manager Todd Thompson said. “We hope many members of the community will consider joining us in the effort to help our community members in need.”

The City of Galesburg asked for the following non-perishable items:

  • Peanut butter.
  • Canned tuna and chicken.
  • Pasta.
  • Macaroni and cheese.
  • Spaghetti.
  • Canned vegetables and fruit.

All food donations will be given to the FISH Food Pantry and Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank. Each of those locations will also be accepting online monetary donations.

More information on how to contribute can be found here.