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MAX and Spartan Stores Team Up for 7th Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Food Drive
MAX and Spartan Stores Team Up for 7th Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Food Drive

The Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority and Holland area Spartan Stores are partnering this year to kick off the 7th Annual "Stuff the Bus" food drive on Tuesday, November 1 to benefit Community Action House (CAH).

Stuff the Bus has become an annual tradition where MAX collects food and personal items to help restock the food pantry at Community Action House (CAH), which provides more than 250,000 meals and items to area residents in need. The month-long food drive ends on November 29 at Holland's Parade of Lights.

This year, residents are asked to help stuff a MAX bus full of groceries by donating items at Holland area Spartan Stores on Saturdays in November. A MAX bus will be parked outside the stores on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free refreshments provided to shoppers who bring donations to the bus. Donation locations are as follows:

  • November 5 - Family Fare at 1185 S. Washington Ave. in Holland
  • November 12 - Family Fare at 933 Butternut Dr. in Holland
  • November 19 - D&W Foods at 50 Douglas Ave. in Holland

MAX also will be accepting non-perishable food and personal care items at the Padnos Transportation Center at 171 Lincoln Ave. and on all MAX buses Nov. 1-29. In addition, passengers can donate an item valued at least $1 instead of paying the cash bus fare when riding the fixed bus routes during "Fare Trade" week (Nov. 14-19).

The food drive will conclude with a final "ingathering" of donations from parade-goers during the Festival of Lights on Nov 29. The community is asked to bring items for donation to the parade and place them into the shopping carts being pushed along the curbside and behind MAX's trolley.

"We are grateful to have Spartan Stores as our event sponsor, and pleased to be able to serve as the driving force for this annual food drive that benefits so many needy families in our community," said Sherri Cadeaux, MAX marketing and customer service manager.

CAH 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.