StarMetro Trying to Stuff the Bus with More than Two Tons of Food Donations

Posted at 8:30 AM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 05:30:42-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Are you ready to Stuff the Bus?

StarMetro's annual four-week food drive to support Second Harvest of the Big Bend is now underway.

Last year, the campaign collected more than two tons of food to give back. It especially helps this time of year, since Second Harvest says February and March are traditionally slow months for donations.

"Now more than ever, there is a need in our community for healthy, nutritious food," said City Commissioner Nancy Miller in a release. "By donating to StarMetro’s Stuff the Bus food drive, we, as a community, can ensure that our friends, neighbors and children will not go hungry."

Organizers say canned vegetables, boxes of pasta, rice, cereal, canned meat and peanut butter are ideal donations, as they can be used to make balanced meals.

Second Harvest of the Big Bend serves residents in 11 local counties. Last year, it delivered more than 6.5 million meals to those in need.

Donations are accepted now through February 15 at nearly 50 locations around the Capital City. To see the complete list, click here.

You can also donate online here.

There are some special dates to remember for the drive. On Wednesday, February 3, if you donate two cans of food, you'll get a free one-way ride on StarMetro. Anyone who gives three or more cans will ride free all day.

Then on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Gulf 104 is broadcasting live at New Leaf Market, putting out a call for donations.