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6th Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Drive Begins Nov 8 | Community Spirit

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6th Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Drive Begins Nov 8


The Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority and Holland area Family Fares stores will kick off the 6th Annual "Stuff the Bus" food drive on Monday, Nov. 8. Stuff the Bus has become an annual drive to help restock the food pantry at Community Action House (CAH), which provides more than 250,000 meals to area residents in need.

New this year is the addition of Family Fare stores in Holland and Zeeland as sponsors for the event. The stores located at 1185 S. Washington Ave. and 933 Butternut Dr. in Holland and 9479 Riley St. in Zeeland all will have specially marked shopping carts at the front of the stores for shoppers to place their donations.

MAX also will be accepting non-perishable food and personal care items at the Padnos Transportation Center (bus transfer center) at 171 Lincoln Ave. and on all MAX buses. From Nov 8-20, MAX will honor a "fare trade" exchange where passengers can pay their regular bus fare on the fixed bus routes by donating food or items valued at least $1 in lieu of cash. The fare trade rides will be accepted Nov. 8-20.

The final opportunity for the community to donate items will be during the Holland Parade of Lights on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The food drive will conclude with a final "ingathering" of donations from parade-goers. The community is asked to bring items for donation to the parade and place them into the Spartan Store/Family Fare shopping carts being pushed along the curbside and following MAX's trolley.

"We are grateful to have Family Fare as our sponsor of this event, and pleased to serve as the driving force behind this effort to assist Community Action House in helping local families in distress," said Sherri Cadeaux, MAX marketing and customer service manager.

CAH's operates a food pantry and free clothing store, a Community Kitchen that serves hot meals daily, housing and homelessness prevention and counseling, and case management and educational services. The agency's goal is to break the cycle of poverty by helping families get back on their feet. CAH accepts a wide assortment of non-perishable and personal care items, including rice, dry beans, powdered milk, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, peanut butter, canned meats/fish, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste/brushes, laundry detergent and diapers.

For more information on the Stuff the Bus Food Drive, visit www.catchamax.org.