Eugene (KMTR) - A good show of support for this year's "Stuff the Bus" three-day food and toy drive. Volunteers unloaded a 46-foot Lane Transit District bus full of toys and food collected during visits to Bi-Mart stores in Eugene and Springfield.
FOOD for Lane County is anxious to find out how much food was collected, since the agency has been sending out more food than they have been receiving; reserves are low. The St. Vincent DePaul Society and Catholic Community Services food pantries saw a 25-percent increase in the number of families who needed food help in August and September.
High-protein items are especially needed, according to Alicia Hines of FOOD for Lane County.
As the food and toys were unloaded, Hines said, “The food that has been coming has been high quality stuff. I just brought out two cases of chili with great, high protein—good fuel for people. I'm encouraged just by seeing the amount of food they're getting. We'll see when we get the pounds, but I am encouraged by the amount we saw.”
All of the toys collected go to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program.More donations of food and toys are still needed.