(LEWES, Del.) - Dart First State is on a mission to feed the hungry this Thanksgiving. This week, two 30-foot transit buses will travel up the state, making 7 stops to fill up on non-perishable food items. The first stop is the Acme in Lewes.
Locals, schools, and even state agencies are shopping off of Dart's grocery list for the most needed donations which can be found on the event's Facebook page.
Alane Owsiany of Milton shares what she's dropping off. "Vegetables, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, the apple sauce, I just want to be able to other people at this time I mean there's a lot going on and there's a lot of underprivileged people and they deserve to have a nice happy Thanksgiving if anything."
Patty Boyd is a Marketing Specialist for Dart. She explains,"our goal is to collect 20 tons of food this year. Last year we collected 17.9 so we got very close."
Volunteers stuff as many non-perishable food donations as they can into boxes and then pack them in as tight as possible to make room for that 20 ton goal.
The bus will move on from Acme to Safeway in Dover Tuesday and another will make its first stop at Walmart in Milford. They'll hit a few more stops throughout the week, traveling up the state to unload at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark where their volunteers will sort through and distribute the food.
Gwen Gurke, Communications Coordinator for the Food Bank of Delaware says, "We have a campaign called "Thanksgiving for All". We have nearly 600 community food pantry partners and people need to register for their Thanksgiving boxes."
It's the giving communities throughout Delaware that have made Stuff the Bus a success for 21 years now. Boyd says, "It is very fulfilling to see how people come out and donate anywhere from one can to boxes and one can really does make a difference."
Donations can be made directly to Food Bank of Delaware at www.FBD.org.