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DART Launches 22nd Stuff the Bus Drive

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LEWES, Del. - DART First State launched its 22nd annual Stuff the Bus campaign on Monday. The agency will have a bus parked at various locations throughout Delaware this week for people to stuff their donations inside. 

A DART bus was parked in front of Acme in Lewes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. Shoppers dropped off bag-loads of groceries for DART to box up and stuff its bus. Marketing specialist Patty Boyd says Dart Stuff the Bus started off small 22 years ago. It has expanded to be a statewide 6-day event.


"For a state that's as small as we are, there's over 17,000 people every week who depend on food assistance and 25% of them are children," says Boyd. "You never know who's in need of food assistance. It could be your coworker, it could be your neighbor."


While Delawareans shop for their family's Thanksgiving dinner, DART hopes they'll pick up something for their neighbors and coworkers too. Anita Horn of Millville pulled up with a trunk-load of donations.


"I brought a little of everything actually," says Horn. "Beans, rice, beef stew, oil, cooking oil, coffee, cereal."

Last year the agency stuffed two buses for a total of 10.2 tons of food. This year the goal is to collect 20 tons between three buses.


DART will unload its buses at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark for volunteers to look over the donations and get them to people throughout the state.

Boyd encourages people to donate basic cooking items like sugar, flower, condiments, and oils that can be used past Thanksgiving. She says DART also welcome personal care products, such as toothpaste, shampoo, and soap. 


"It's not just for a Thanksgiving meal," says Boyd. "People who need food assistance need it all year round."

The drive continues Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. DART will have a bus at both Walmart in Milford and Safeway in Dover. 

Click here for more locations to donate to Stuff the Bus. 

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