Thanks to the generous support of the community, and the teamwork of several local transportation agencies, Northwest Valley Connect’s first-ever “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive was a success, raising 960 pounds of nonperishable food donations for Valley View Community Food Bank.
This event, which took place in front of the El Mirage Walmart this past Saturday, had members of the community rally to “stuff” transportation vehicles with as much food as possible. With volunteers ready to collect donations in front of the store, eager shoppers returned with carts filled with donations of pasta, cereals, canned foods, and even baby supplies.
“The number of people who made donations was truly astonishing,” says NVC Executive Director, Kathy Chandler. “It was great to see people come together to help an important presence in the community. The El Mirage Fire Department even stopped by—it was wonderful to see them supporting the community in this way.”
Jesse Ramirez, founder and president of Valley View Community Food Bank, was grateful for the generosity of the community as well. “We are so thankful for the community and their support,” he says. “With a recent shortage of donations to the food bank, we were grateful “Stuff the Bus” could be organized so quickly. 960 pounds of food will feed many families who desperately need it.”
After the success of “Stuff the Bus,” Northwest Valley Connect is hoping to continue to rally the community and make this food drive bigger and better. “We plan on organizing more “Stuff the Bus” events,” says Chandler. “We hope that next time we can get more organizations involved and raise even more donations.”
Northwest Valley Connect would like to thank the transportation agencies that supplied vehicles for this event: To My Surprise Airport Shuttle, Total Transit with Valley Metro, the Sun City West Foundation, and Quality Transportation Services. They would also like to thank Walmart for being gracious hosts and encouraging donations with in-store announcements.
If you would like to volunteer at NVC’s next “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive, or would like to volunteer by providing transportation or phone center support, please contact Kathy Chandler at (623) 282-9300. NVC can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.